rhubarb forcer

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 rhubarb patch in front of the allotment shed in January, just to demonstrate how early this variety … Continue reading How to Force Rhubarb

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 … Continue reading Allotment Jobs For January

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 … Continue reading Christmas Dinner!

Winter Allotment

I finally spent some time at my allotment today and it felt so good to be out pottering around again. The weather has been pretty wild lately, two named storms one after the other (Arwen and then Barra) although not fierce where I am still packed a punch with strong biting winds and cold lashing … Continue reading Winter Allotment

Cold Enough For Snow

Snow arrived last night, just a light covering and I can't say I'm surprised to see it. For many days now it has been bitterly cold, Storm Arwen arrived Friday night and blew away by early hours of Sunday which ended up being a beautiful sunny day, but oh so cold. Luckily no damage was … Continue reading Cold Enough For Snow

Dahlias, Beans and Drama Queens

One job I just had to get done this weekend was cut the dahlias down and cover with a mulch. I decided to leave my dahlias in the ground over winter, a combination of being lazy and pure curiosity. A bit more of the lazy if I'm being completely honest. I also got my broad … Continue reading Dahlias, Beans and Drama Queens