That’s all, folks


Dear Allotment, It's over. Cheers for all those carrots (especially the purple ones) the beans, the courgettes, the courgettes, the courgettes, the beetroot (that D only ate because it made her wee turn red) the amazing pumpkins, the aubergines (that never really worked) the peppers, tomatoes, sweetcorn, spinach, strawberries … [Read more...]

The Very Annoying Slug (with apologies to Eric Carle.)


In the light of the moon, a little egg lay in the ground. One Sunday morning the rain came down - and  pop! - out of the ground came a fat and very greedy slug (and about three thousand of his relatives.) He started to look for some food. On Monday he ate through one row of  Cos lettuces. But he was still hungry. On … [Read more...]

Essential elderflower cordial

elderflower cordial ingredients

Unhusband: ''Did you piss in a bottle?'' Me: ''Err, no. It's elderflower coridal.'' It started off as a regrettable bank holiday morning.  Baby A woke up at 6am. By 6.05 we were downstairs. By 6.10 she'd had enough of the European Parliamentary Election results. By 6.15 so had I, though probably for different … [Read more...]

Top of the crops – the best six veg to grow on an allotment or veg patch


So, you've got your plot, or your patch, or even a few pots. But having watched The Big Allotment Challenge, you still don't have a clue what to grow, or how to grow it. So for what it's worth, here are my top six crops for beginners (or even experts, though I doubt any of those are reading.) Obviously, if you don't like any … [Read more...]

The she shed (of my dreams.)

beast sheds

This is my shed. Home to a few muddy tools, a packet of baby wipes, loads of plastic bottles that  'might come in handy' and an even larger collection of wildlife.  Look away now if you hate mess. The roof leaks, the gutter's falling off, the windows are broken, the door doesn't shut and parts of the wood are rotting. … [Read more...]