For the love of purple sprouting broccoli just eat it!

The star of the this year's plot is definitely the purple sprouting broccoli. To be fair, it's only April and there's not much competition - the kale is finished, the leeks are nearly over, and nothing else is ready. But that's fine, because I'm loving this magnificent psb (see, I've even got the lingo!)    It's ridiculous … [Read more...]

Goodbye Springter, hello April

It feels weird to be celebrating the end of winter - in April. But things are finally starting to happen on the plot and I'm feeling a long overdue sense of optimism.  So, in an effort to convince myself it can't possibly snow again, here's what's growing right now: Broad beans. I planted these in the autumn and somehow … [Read more...]

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...]