How to sow seeds and keep them alive in springter

March is fickle month. One minute it's snowing, the next it's all warm and daffodilly. It's not winter, it's not spring, it's springter. I think I just invented a new season there. March is the perfect time to start many seeds off indoors. Tomatoes, cucumbers, aubergines and peppers all need sowing this month to give them a … [Read more...]

Eureka! The perfect place to plant garlic

I had something of a eureka moment on the plot this week.   While November marched onwards, I was still faffing over where to plant the garlic.  Not a major problem in  the grand scheme of things, but still, I like garlic and we eat loads of it. Having lost most of my onions to the birds, who have nothing but contempt for the … [Read more...]

You say spaghetti, I say courgetti

Summer seems to have bunked off early this year. Autumn has arrived ahead of schedule. Fortunately, the allotment courgettes don't seem to have noticed and are as prolific as ever. Which means only one thing: we're all sick off ratatouille. Having resisted the whole spiralising thing until now, I decided to give it a whirl … [Read more...]

The veg growers guide to growing flowers

I love flowers, but they're not really my forte.  When time is stretched I tend to focus on things we can eat. Some flowers are edible, but they hardly constitute a meal. Plus the last time I tried a nasturtium I had to wash it down with a large glass of wine (well that was my excuse, anyway.) I certainly wouldn't win any … [Read more...]

Five essential reasons to grow your own strawberries and a guide to planting

Strawberries are one of my favourite things to grow. This has a lot to do with the fact they're one of my favourite things to eat. (Obviously, I'm not including Kitkat chunkies here.) March is a great time to think about planting strawberries, or in my case sorting out the tangled mass of weeds and runners from last year's … [Read more...]