Focus on unusual veg: Celtuce

One of the reasons I love having my allotment is that it gives me a chance to try growing and eating lesser known vegetables. The kind of veg that makes non-growers give you a confused look and ask “What is that?” Each year, I do my best to grow at least one variety of fruit…

Creating my asparagus bed

In addition to this blog post, I also documented the process of creating my asparagus bed in a Youtube video. If you would like to watch me creating the bed, then click here Ever since I took over plot 7a in summer 2015 there was one thing which I knew I wanted. That one thing was…

The first harvest of 2018

I am sure most avid fruit and veg growers will understand exactly what I mean when I talk about the anticipation and excitement of the first harvest of the season. Those few days before a harvest is properly ready, when it is nearly there but just needs another day or two to grow a little…

Anyone for a cuppa?

  Anyone who knows me knows that I am always up for the chance to grow something new or slightly unusual. Imagine my delight when, while browsing though one of my gardening magazines, I came across an article about growing your own tea right here in the UK! At first I thought I was mistaken,…

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…

Getting Kids growing!

I am a firm believer that Children should be taught about where food comes from from an early age. In my opinion, schools seem to focus so heavily on the more academic subjects, such as English and Maths that other subjects such as gardening can be overlooked. Of course, I understand the importance of good…

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…