Despite my efforts to focus on sustainability when it comes to allotment gardening and within my broader life, I am not proud of the fact that I have not prioritised my purchasing of peat-free compost.
I love chillies. Some people think chillies are simply about heat but they have such a variety of fantastic flavour too. It’s the combination of the heat and the flavour of the fruit that makes them a welcome ingredient for the kitchen.
Last month, while wading through the gloom of January and wishing for an early spring, my spirits were raised when I received a message from a man named Fred. Continue reading “Incredible Crops I’m Growing in 2019: Vital Seeds”
This is the second year I’ve grown sweet peas. The first was a disaster.
It all started so well. The peas were sown in October, germinated swiftly and grew with incredible energy.
Tell me if I’m wrong? The Christmas spirit has gone. The sound of auld lang syne has long stopped reverberating in the eardrums. The seed catalogues are now your new best friend?
Every year has its ups and downs.
C’est la vie.
It’s still been another fantastic year in the allotment garden. Continue reading “2018: An allotment year in pictures”
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”
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”
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”
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.