Growing Guides

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… Continue reading How To Hand Pollinate Pumpkins and Squash


The Heat Is On

We're in the midst of a mini heatwave with tomorrow set to be even hotter before fresher weather moves in. The heat is certainly helping seeds to germinate, the replacement beans started off in pots are popping through and I will sow another two rows of main crop carrots this week. I noticed a large… Continue reading The Heat Is On

Allotment · Growing Guides

Easy Way to Plant Potatoes

I am very lazy when it comes to planting potatoes and not a fan of the traditional method of digging trenches, it just doesn't appeal to me. For many years I have planted potatoes without any real digging, using just a long-handled dibber or hand trowel to make small planting holes. I grow vegetables in… Continue reading Easy Way to Plant Potatoes


February on the Allotment

So far February has been a cold and very blustery month with some crisp sunny days here and there. On the allotment broad beans are growing well and I noticed a couple of late bloomers pushing through, if you look closely you might be able to make them out. Broad beans are tough little plants… Continue reading February on the Allotment

Chicken Behaviour

How to Introduce New Chickens to a Flock

There’s no going back once you’ve caught the chicken keeping bug. Apart from the obvious reason why people decide to keep them, chickens are great company, fun to watch and seriously addictive. With so many breeds and pretty colours to choose from (don’t forget the many rescue hens needing homes too), it’s so tempting to bring home a couple more. However, adding… Continue reading How to Introduce New Chickens to a Flock


Wonky Carrots

Whenever I pull wonky carrots from the ground I can't help but smile at the weird and wacky shapes, sometimes a childish giggle escapes from me if I find one to be somewhat risque. I entered a wonky carrot into the oddest vegetable class at my village show last year and it won the class,… Continue reading Wonky Carrots