Sun-dried courgette recipe

Summer is definitely here - and so are the courgettes.  The only difficult thing about growing them can be knowing what to do with them.  While they are great fried, they  can sometimes end up on the soggy or oily side.  Today - inspired by the heatwave and an old Italian cookery book I found in a charity shop, I came up with … [Read more...]

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...]

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...]

9 unbelievably good reasons to get a polytunnel

I may have mentioned that I'm a little bit in love with my polytunnel.  I know this is remarkably off-trend, and that I'd sound way more cool if I said I had a passion for French bulldogs, or flamingos, or craft beer.  But seriously, this thing has changed my life.  Here's why you really, really, really need a polytunnel in your … [Read more...]