How to grow blueberries to feed a 21st century blueberry habit

blueberry plant

When I was a kid, a piece of fruit generally meant a golden delicious or an over-ripe banana, or possibly a satsuma if it was nearly Christmas. Occasionally, we had fruit cocktail out of a tin and everyone fought over the two and half nail-varnish pink cherries that tasted nothing like cherries. But as we'd probably never had … [Read more...]

Five cracking egg recipes


Our move to Devon last year was followed by the addition of four hens to the family. They were swiftly joined by another three. This means we now have more chickens than people, and rather a lot of eggs to get through. It also means I'm on a permanent mission to find inventive things to do with them.  (The eggs, not the … [Read more...]

Growing seeds – just like having babies, really.

Not just a pretty stick

Once again there seems to have been an election sized gap between blog posts. Sorry about that. The good news is, the seeds I planted a few weeks ago are emerging from the soil like wispy blades of grass. Carrots and parsnips are sprouting in wiggly lines (I could pretend this is to confuse the slugs, but really I'm just … [Read more...]

How to grow your own raspberries – maximum fruit, minimum effort.


It might be the Chinese Year of the Sheep, but at the allotment it's the year of soft fruit (at least it is on my plot.) I've always focussed on growing veg, with the addition of a few haphazardly sown raspberry canes and some neglected strawberry plants.  So this year, with a brand new plot, my resolution is to spend more … [Read more...]

An easy (but essential) guide to crop rotation


Think of it like this: if you wear the same pair of jeans day in day out, they'll end up knackered. Vegetables are the same: grow the same crops in the same place every year and they'll soon wear out the soil (and then nothing will grow any more.) The idea of crop rotation is to avoid growing vegetables from the same … [Read more...]