GUEST BLOG: Disliked Vegetables

I am very excited to share with you a wonderful guest post from one of the best allotment bloggers out there right now! Here Richard Chivers the author behind Sharpen Your Spades shares how to get your children interested in vegetables. How to grow a child’s appetite for vegetables There’s a battle that rages across the…

What’s Growing On – March 2017

March for me is the true beginning of the growing year. Everywhere you look everything is beginning to come to life, the daffodils start dancing, tulips begin to emerge from the earth, ponds are alive with horny frogs basking in the new warm sun and the trees steal the show with their blossom. The Spring Equinox is…

SPOTLIGHT ON: Forsythia

Forsythia x intermedia ‘Lynwood Variety’ has to be one of my favourite spring flowers. I mean just look at it, nothing else required in this vase at all, it speaks for itself. Forsythia makes an excellent cut flower but it does have a short vase life unfortunately. As a shrub it’s also spectacular, flowering from February…

Rebel Yell…. When to REALLY sow your seeds!

Everyone is an expert it seems on the subject of when to sow this and when to sow that. I’m really not surprised at all that beginners to growing get so confused by this subject, it’s enough to confuse me and I’ve been growing some years now! Well just because I’m a bit of a…

Don’t settle, eat the best!

I bought a sandwich and as I sat down to eat it, the first thing I did was remove the tomatoes. My husband looked at me baffled and said “I thought you liked tomatoes love?” The thing is I do love tomatoes, I love to grow them and I love to eat them. However I…

Daring to be Different – The NEW Trend

The way we grow our fruit and veg these days is changing and it’s exciting. No longer is it cool to just grow your own. We want more. And by more I mean we want choice, variety, something funky and different. We want new colours, new shapes. The quirky old schooler in forms of heritage…

PLOT2PLATE – Chard, Squash & Chickpea Curry

Welcome to the first instalment of the PLOT2PLATE series. There is nothing better than good food and when you’ve grown that good food yourself it’s even more satisfying, let alone tastier. As most will be aware if you follow my blog I have an allotment and a kitchen garden too, in which I grow my own…

Gardening with Kids

Gardening with kids! OK let’s get one thing straight; I’m not about to paint you an idyllic picture of an aspiring ‘Little House On The Prairie’. What I am going to tell you is my honest approach to gardening with kids, or in my case gardening with a 10 year old that has ADHD. When…

My Gardening Faux Pas

I have never claimed to be a professional or experienced gardener, although I have been doing it for some years now I still regard myself as an amateur. I have my successes and  down right failures when it comes to growing, but I see gardening as a science and art. The conditions have a hell…

Delayed Start On The Lottie

Winter was mean to my tiny little plot, the extreme wetness winter brought with it was harsh, water logging the beds and totally wrecking my beautiful reclaimed polytunnel – seriously I could of cried. I had a distraction in the form of volunteering over the Christmas holidays. Where I live totally flooded, so I was…