Summer Harvests and Planting

It has been a tricky growing year, extremely high temperatures and no significant rain for many months means watering has been a real chore. But it’s starting to pay off now with lots of harvests. I’ve grown some decent carrots, these are Autumn King which are incredibly tasty too. I also have a purple variety…

Curl Up and Fry

Record breaking temperatures hit parts of the UK yesterday, they may even be topped after today. As we Brits continue to sizzle under a red alert for extreme heat other parts of the world are also dealing with higher temperatures and wild fires. Scary stuff. It has been a struggle to keep the allotments lush…

Scorching Hot on the Plot

Gosh it’s hot. Sticky heatwave weather arrived the end of last week sending temperatures rocketing back up to 30C and beyond. The temperature could climb even higher over the coming days. Ugh. The watering cans are getting plenty of action on the allotment, it’s enough to keep crops ticking over but the parched soil is…

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…

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…

Allotment Jobs for July

Summer is in full swing and harvests are coming more frequent. There’s plenty to pick and plenty to do on the allotment such as watering and keeping up with the weeding which can feel like hard work, so take the time to enjoy your plot with a well earned cuppa. Plant out early purple sprouting…