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…

Blackcurrant Cake

I’m harvesting punnet after punnet of blackcurrants at the moment even though just one bush out of three is fruiting. The other two are resting up this year, due to near-death-by-red-ant-nest and sulking from being moved. The thought of all three bushes producing together is actually a bit scary. With plenty of jam squirreled away…

How To Plant Leeks

I start sowing leeks from March onwards using large plant pots or a deep container, the seedlings are ready for planting when they’re about the width of a pencil. Leeks are planted differently to other vegetables, known as ‘dibbing in’ this method will help to produce well blanched stems. Push a dibber into the soil…

5 Tips for Starting an Allotment

So you’ve just received confirmation an allotment has become available for you to view, with the prospect of signing a tenancy agreement. You hurry along to your local allotment site like an excitable kid, only to be presented with a big horrible overgrown mess. Crikey. Now what? Viewing your very first allotment is exciting but…

Plan Your Plot

When you first set eyes on your new allotment it will probably be overgrown with grass and large weeds such as brambles, making it hard to visualise how it will look. Making a plan of your plot makes everything feel less daunting, having a guide to work from means you know exactly how to proceed…