Grower, writer, mum.

Hello.  I’m a freelance writer, fruit and veg grower, and a mum to three children, aged 10, 7 and 4. Like most kids, they prefer Haribo to home-grown kale.

Then there’s Unhusband: the father of my children who still hasn’t made an honest woman out of me. (I’m still searching for a suitable title for him.) He too prefers Haribo.

I’ve been growing things since I was about 8 years old, when I stuck a lemon pip in a yoghurt pot filled with earth and hid it in the airing cupboard to see what would happen. It grew!  And the seeds of addiction were sown.

Years later, I took on an allotment just inside the M25 – and fell in love.  In 2014, we moved to Devon, where I now grow most of our own fruit and veg. I spend far too much time in my polytunnel.

It’s not just about the fruit and veg, eating seasonally, and avoiding pesticides and all the other crap that’s in shop-bought produce. It’s also about staying sane and keeping my head above the compost heap. The more I grow, the more I realise I couldn’t live without it.

I still haven’t worked out how to grow Haribo.