Big Garden BirdWatch 2022

Big Garden Birdwatch 2022 starts today and I’ve just taken part! This is my 12th year doing so and I look forward to it every year. It’s free, fun and a great way to be involved with keeping an eye on your local wildlife. How do I take part? Identify and count the number of wild…

Top 10 Tips for Keeping Chickens in Winter

Healthy chickens are quite hardy during a typical UK winter, even so, it pays to have some knowledge on caring for chickens during the colder months. Here are my tops tips for keeping your feathery friends happy: Combs and wattles are susceptible to frost bite damage during freezing weather, smear with Vaseline to prevent this from…

January on the Allotment

A mild spell of weather last month and into January gave the broad beans sown in November a push to germinate, just one or two beans missing by the looks of it but I always sow generously to allow for failures and thin out later. Just one double row because I’m the only broad bean…

How to Force Rhubarb

I grow a variety of rhubarb called Timperley Early on my allotment, I also have a couple of crowns in my garden. As the name suggests, you get an early crop compared to other rhubarb varieties. Timperley Early can be ready for picking as early as March, which is one of the reasons why I…

Allotment Jobs For January

Now is the perfect time to plan for the busy year ahead! Browse seed catalogues and plan what you’re going to grow and where, drawing a plan of your plot can help. If you’re a busy person, think about how much time you can realistically spend at your allotment, try to plan accordingly, avoiding the mistake…

Christmas Dinner!

The joy of popping to the plot to harvest vegetables on Christmas Eve, it has to be one of the most rewarding visits us allotment gardeners do and one I know I really look forward to. Sometimes though it doesn’t all go to plan despite our best efforts, but what we do harvest we cherish…