• Cultivating strawberry plants from runners

    Cultivating strawberry plants from runners

    This year was the first year that I've properly taken the time to grow strawberries. I've grown Elsanta strawberries  because I've read that these are the most fruitful and reliable varieties on the market.  I've

  • Drying out Garlic, Shallots and Onions

    Drying out Garlic, Shallots and Onions

    Soon after planting the red sun, gourmet garlic into the ground I had a terrible problem with birds and squirrels pulling out the bulbs.  As a result the bulbs were very difficult to establish, but once they had taken root they soon started to grow.

  • National Allotment Week

    National Allotment Week

    I've been looking on the Twitterverse at everyone's plots and I have to say it's really great to see everyone getting involved in gardening, but more importantly with their local community.

  • Discovering the nature of Barbados…

    Discovering the nature of Barbados…

    Gardening and allotmenting can be fun, rewarding and good for your health - but if there's any advice I'd like to give you in this post, it's to have a holiday or a break, otherwise you run the risk of shinning bright and burning out fast.

Latest recipes

Sweet Courgette, Carrot and Tomato Soup

September 27th, 2016|0 Comments

This is a lovely, sweet recipe and it tastes better than it looks. Ingredients 40g butter for frying 200g carrots, peeled and cut into coins 200g diced courgettes 1 pint of vegetable stock 1

Allotment diary

How to tie up tomato plants

July 9th, 2016|0 Comments

Tomato plants need support as they have no means of holding themselves up naturally. Tomato plants that have the support of a bamboo cane or stake will naturally supply you tomatoes that are of a higher standard, because your fruit will end up bigger, be relatively free of any dirt and other little pests that may want to tuck into them.

A look at the allotment so far in 2016

June 14th, 2016|0 Comments

It's amazing what moments you're able to capture with your phone. Here are a few close up shots of what the plot looks like in June 2016!

A Top 10

10 tips for maintaining an urban garden

March 6th, 2016|0 Comments

Many of us would love to try our hand at gardening, but live in an urban area and only have access to a courtyard or balcony. However, this doesn’t mean that you can’t garden at

Garden science

The science behind slug beer bins

April 6th, 2016|0 Comments

When I say to people that they should use beer to trap slugs and help deter them from eating your plants - I often face a puzzled expression - when you think about it, it

  • Compost bin

Turning your compost bin

March 8th, 2016|0 Comments

Debris and waste such as weeds, old plants, vegetable peelings and other bio-degradable material adds up at an allotment. Turning your compost bin will increase the rate of decomposition. Composting is basically carbon (brown material)