Sowing broad beans – A great crop for beginners.

I once made wine from broad beans.

It was horrendous. The colour of urine and a taste I imagine of antifreeze. It would get you drunk though. Continue reading “Sowing broad beans – A great crop for beginners.”

Sowing Sweet Peas in January

January can be a tough month for an allotment gardener.

We may have flung open the doors to let the old year out in a raucous chorus of Auld Lang Syne, but the countryside is still bare, the light is low and hazy and the world is still a cold and dark place.

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Halloween pumpkin waste is an annual missed opportunity

I wrote a version of this article in April of this year. A time when many of us who grow our own fruit and veg are sowing our pumpkin and squash seeds for the season ahead.

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Garlic: A mighty bulb, a colossal taste and you should definitely grow your own

There are a number of timely activities on the allotment that I enjoy, but planting out the new season garlic is probably my favourite gardening ritual of the year.

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Sowing Sweet Peas for early blooms, with Mr Fothergill’s

It took me 26 years to ‘find’ gardening, and when I did, it was because it fed my long-time passion for cooking. I discovered the incredible number of varieties of fruit and vegetables I could access from my very own garden simply by growing my own. Continue reading “Sowing Sweet Peas for early blooms, with Mr Fothergill’s”