Embracing autumn on the allotment

There’s no pretending anymore. That everlasting summer has gone and autumn has arrived.

In fact, as I write, I realise winter has already opened the gate and is sneaking up the garden path. It will soon knock its frosty fingers on the door. Continue reading “Embracing autumn on the allotment”

Easy Home Grown Pickled Shallots

Refined flavour and milder in taste than onions, shallots are something I’d have thought I’d be automatically drawn to produce on the allotment. Surprisingly, until this year, I had not. Continue reading “Easy Home Grown Pickled Shallots”

Love Garlic? Then you have to grow your own

My kitchen without garlic is an empty, soulless place.

History is absolutely on my side with this perspective. Garlic has been worshipped throughout the course of humankind. Continue reading “Love Garlic? Then you have to grow your own”

5 Reasons to pause and reflect on the allotment garden

I’ve learned it’s important to take a step back and reflect. I noticed this with my writing a while back. After hours (with some posts) or days (with many others) of writing down the words and ideas in my head, I’d often feel incredibly jumbled up.

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Allotment Garden: A reflection on June

My best mate Ali lives in Bristol, and when he pops over for a visit he often jokes that he knows he’s entered Wales when he’s met by a band of rain.

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Book Review: The City Grower

I’m passionate about allotment gardens.

Sharpen Your Spades is a blog that allows me to share my own allotment journey and I hope helps inspire as many people as possible to take up one of these wonderful community growing spaces and reap the benefits they provide. Continue reading “Book Review: The City Grower”