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…

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…

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…

Pests and Positives

A lovely weekend on the allotment, a bit windy at times but sunny and dry. It has been a couple of days since my last post regarding bean seed fly maggots eating the beans, the weather has warmed up again and it appears some of the Greek Gigantes beans are doing ok…. The same can’t…

Winter Allotment

I finally spent some time at my allotment today and it felt so good to be out pottering around again. The weather has been pretty wild lately, two named storms one after the other (Arwen and then Barra) although not fierce where I am still packed a punch with strong biting winds and cold lashing…