Flowers, flowers & more flowers

Though I have years of experience in growing vegetables, I must confess that I am something of a novice when it comes to growing flowers. This is surprising for a number of reasons. The first is that I adore flowers. I love taking a walk through a field filled with wild flowers, I can spend…

Growing a curry: Turmeric (part one)

Who doesn’t love a good curry? I am not talking about a supermarket ready meal or a blow-your-head-off, post pub Vindaloo, but a well balanced, homemade dish with an emphasis on flavour rather than overpowering spice. There are so many great curry recipes around that there really is one to suit almost every palate. When…

How to scare your neighbours (aka World Naked Gardening Day)

Most of my friends will tell you that I am not particularly shy about my body. To be honest, if you have never caught a glimpse of me in my birthday suit then we are probably not very close friends at all. Let’s be clear though, it is not some kind of exhibitionist streak, I…

A Fine Day At Firle

One of the things that I love most about this time of year, other than getting out in my allotment and sowing seeds is that it is the time of year when garden shows and events begin again. I love to spend a spring or summer day strolling around a fair or festival in the…

Feeling a little behind

Back in December I made the decision that this year I was going to completely redesign my allotment. Though I was fairly happy with the general layout, the plot had a certain slant to it that wasn’t pleasing to my overly critical eye. I was certain that if I re-dug the whole plot that I…

All work and no play! Cultivating plot 7a

It was late July 2015 when I received the keys to my new plot and I was eager to get it looking like a “proper” allotment as quickly as possible. I knew I had missed the window for planting most things that year, but the weather was glorious and I was keen to get going….

Plot 7a how it all began!

I have always had a passion for growing fruit and vegetables. If I am honest, I have more of a passion for growing them than I actually do eating them, though things are slowly changing on that front! My love of gardening stemmed from childhood. I was lucky enough to live in a house with…