How To Hand Pollinate Pumpkins and Squash

The pumpkin patch vines are producing plenty of big buttery-yellow flowers now which are so pretty. Bees and other insects do a fantastic job of pollinating, but sometimes I hand pollinate my pumpkins and squash to be sure of success or to save seed from a particular variety. Hand pollination is really simple but first…

Peter Rabbit Cabbages

The Golden Acre cabbages are looking beautiful again, they remind me of the cabbages lined up neatly in Mr McGregor’s garden and I can understand why Peter Rabbit risked being pie supper to nibble upon the leafy beauties. I have enjoyed regular little pickings of outer leaves and now the cabbages are starting to heart…

Jubilee Weekend

The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations began on Thursday with Trooping the Colour, after watching it on TV I set off for the allotment to raise a mug of tea to our Queen, then rolled up my sleeves to pick and plant veg! The broad beans are in full swing giving regular little harvests. The Sutton…

A Windy Day on the Allotment

I went to the allotment early this morning to get the garlic planted, it was sunny but with a biting wind to put a chill in your bones if you stood idle too long. Allotment chats with other plot holders were quicker than usual today. It was such a good year for garlic on our…

New Year Wish

Although we head into the new year on lockdown and skating on thin ice with this rotten virus, I sincerely hope 2021 will be kinder to us all. Above are some of my favourite photos from the allotment. Thank you for reading my blog and following my allotment journey, and for taking the time to…

Christmas 2020

The year of the pandemic, 2020 has been extraordinary and devastating to many. Prime Minister of the United Kingdom Boris Johnson made an announcement on the 19th December that changed Christmas plans for millions, yet again infection numbers are on the rise but this time due to a new strain of the virus. Oh dear….