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...]

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...]

Kids grow wild

Dear Teacher, I’m really sorry I didn’t do my reading last night (or the night before.) I went to the allotment with Mummy and D and my baby sister and we did lots of fun wild educational things instead. First we did some floating experiments. Look how these massive watering cans sit on top of the water.  But when I fill … [Read more...]

Win gardening goodies

They say you can tell a lot about a person by looking at their hands.  In my case, dry skin, callouses and clipped nails that haven't seen a lick of polish since shortly after puberty. I'm not really sure what all that reveals, except I've probably spent too much time at the allotment and have never had a manicure in my life. … [Read more...]

rainbow carrots

 The theme on the allotment this year is colour and diversity. I mean why grow green Brussels sprouts, when you can have purple ones? We also have purple mange tout and rainbow carrots. They're not actually stripy - genetic modification does have its limits - but they come in an array of yellow, orange and purple. The fun bit is … [Read more...]