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”
There’s a fantastic number of allotment, kitchen garden and grow your own bloggers out there. I read as many as I can for inspiration, advice and to find out what everyone is getting up to.
Continue reading “10 highlights from the grow your own blogs: October”
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.
Continue reading “Halloween pumpkin waste is an annual missed opportunity”
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.
Continue reading “Garlic: A mighty bulb, a colossal taste and you should definitely grow your own”
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”
Every year, there is a sudden moment in the latter part of September when I see and feel the definitive shift in the season and I know the autumn has arrived. This happened as I made my way home from work last week. Continue reading “Celebrating autumn – Squash soup”
Saturday – 15 October 2016
Now autumn has arrived I find I spend more time checking the weather forecasts. The light disappears not long after the work day and so the opportunity to make a visit to the allotment throughout the week has diminished. Continue reading “Diary: Oh, to be in May”
If like me you love to cook then I’m sure garlic is an essential ingredient in your kitchen. I can’t think of a week that goes by without the use of garlic in the dishes I prepare at home. Continue reading “Why you should grow your own Garlic”