Allotment

Cold and Frosty

I stayed away from the plot for a couple of weeks due to the constant rain and wind, it really wasn't tempting me to go. We're back to freezing again and it snowed quite heavily yesterday but didn't last long enough to settle. The sun came out for a bit today and I decided a… Continue reading Cold and Frosty

Allotment

Digging for Dinner

The big thaw happened this week with daytime temperatures jumping from -7C to 13C pretty much overnight. Bonkers or what? The ground is easy to work again just in time to harvest some Christmas dinner veg, but it certainly didn't feel very Christmassy today in the heavy rain. It has rained quite heavily since Monday… Continue reading Digging for Dinner

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

Allotment

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… Continue reading Peter Rabbit Cabbages

Allotment

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,… Continue reading Planting Sunflowers Beneath a Grey Sky

Allotment

Sunny Sunday on the Plot

After a busy week I managed to squeeze a couple of hours allotment time in on Sunday. Leeks have patiently waited in their pots to go out on the plot, so this is one of the jobs I got on with. I planted the leeks where second early potatoes were, this is a great way… Continue reading Sunny Sunday on the Plot