Planting Sunflowers Beneath a Grey Sky

The sunflowers were released from their pot prisons at the weekend, roughly a month later than I would normally plant sunflowers out but hey, they’re in now and I can look forward to watching them grow and bloom. I planted a good mix of single yellow giants and multi-branching types in shades of dark purple,…

More Harvests

Last week was hot and Friday in particular reached a ridiculous temperature. Sadly, I lost one of my chickens to heat stress despite my best efforts. The weekend was all change, much cooler with heavy rain, and even though it tipped down for most of Saturday the ground is still quite dry. The lush potato…

Christmas Harvest

It’s Christmas Eve, the big day is almost here! Today I picked the veg from the allotment for Christmas dinner. Yesterday a months worth of rain fell on already saturated ground and the wind really picked up too, it did sound rather scary outside late last night. Sadly many homes across the UK were flooded,…

C is for Carrot

My first year growing carrots on Plot 5 has been a success. The roots are generally a good size although some are on the small side because I forgot to thin some of the rows out. Still, they’re lovely clean carrots and most importantly taste good. The variety is ‘Autumn King’ which is a favourite…

All Hail the Brassica!

Winter creeps ever closer and this is the time of year when brassicas become the stars of the allotment. All summer long they’re out of sight, tucked under mesh to protect from Cabbage White butterflies and whitefly. I admire the beauty of winter greens now, not just on my plot but others too. They stand…