Allotment Jobs for May

May is the month when seed sowing is in full swing, space in the greenhouse is filling up fast with seed trays and pots. Towards the end of the month I sow runner and other climbing beans direct outside, this has worked far better than transplanting which seemed to knock the plants back a bit despite…

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…

Allotment Jobs for March

March is an exciting time for gardeners, the light is returning and spring bulbs are in bloom. Seed sowing can begin this month but always keep an eye on weather conditions and try to plan ahead, far better to follow the weather than the calendar. Jobs that can be carried out this month, depending on…

Allotment Jobs For February

Spotting signs that the allotment is beginning to wake from its winter slumber cheers me up no end. Spring bulbs are pushing through and that’s something to smile about. It’s too early to get sowing really underway although some crops can be started off this month, along with those that benefit from a long growing…

January on the Allotment

A mild spell of weather last month and into January gave the broad beans sown in November a push to germinate, just one or two beans missing by the looks of it but I always sow generously to allow for failures and thin out later. Just one double row because I’m the only broad bean…

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 can be ready for picking as early as March, which is one of the reasons why I…