First steps into coastal foraging

For as long as I can remember I have enjoyed foraging through hedgerows. The simple delights of finding a bumper crop of elderflower or an unspoilt patch of blackberries is always guaranteed to bring a smile to my face. However, despite having lived in a seaside town for five years now, I had never paid…

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…

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…

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…

Creating my little wildlife pond

As a young child, there is one thing that sticks in my mind that I always wanted in our back garden, but never got. For many children that may have been grand ideas of a swimming pool or elaborate play area, for me, it was a pond! I can remember enviously looking into the depths…

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…