How to keep kids entertained on an allotment without ending up in A and E

First of all, let's be clear: kids don't help on the allotment. They trample over seedlings, they pick things that aren't weeds, they eat blueberries before they're ripe, they snap  bamboo canes, they sting themselves on nettles and cut themselves on brambles, then demand you find them a plaster. Then they have a fit because … [Read more...]

Goodbye crap week, hello spring.

Off the plot, it's been a fairly shite week: a broken (painfully expensive) molar*, chicken pox - and subsequent sleep deprivation - followed by nits (not me, I hasten to add.) And last night - with chicken pox finally under control and 'normal' sleeping patterns resumed - the dog woke up at 5am and proceeded to shit out half … [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...]

What to plant in March

Christmas is so last year. It's officially spring! Well maybe not officially, but in gardening terms at least, which is obviously way more important. I find myself getting stupidly excited at this time of year, lying awake thinking about new seeds to try, crop rotation plans, and wondering if I can squeeze in a few extra … [Read more...]

Build a Better Vegetable Garden: 30 DIY Projects to Improve your Harvest

What do you get the gardener in your life for Christmas?  Personally, I'd love a polytunnel, but I don't think Father Christmas can fit one of those in his sleigh. I'd also be happy with this new book: Build a Better Vegetable Garden - 30 DIY Projects to Improve your Harvest. Written by Joyce and Ben Russell, this would … [Read more...]