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...]

Growing seeds – just like having babies, really.

Once again there seems to have been an election sized gap between blog posts. Sorry about that. The good news is, the seeds I planted a few weeks ago are emerging from the soil like wispy blades of grass. Carrots and parsnips are sprouting in wiggly lines (I could pretend this is to confuse the slugs, but really I'm just … [Read more...]

An easy (but essential) guide to crop rotation

Think of it like this: if you wear the same pair of jeans day in day out, they'll end up knackered. Vegetables are the same: grow the same crops in the same place every year and they'll soon wear out the soil (and then nothing will grow any more.) The idea of crop rotation is to avoid growing vegetables from the same … [Read more...]

The Big Allotment Challenge – what a load of manure.

OK, I get that the clue is in the title. It's The Big Allotment Challenge.  Not the Big Allotment Survival Guide. Though a few more tips on how to actually grow your own produce would have been nice. But surely, a competition about allotments, should actually be about allotments - about digging, weeding, watering, sowing, … [Read more...]

Letter from the heart

Dear A, I'm sorry we haven't seen each other for so long. I know we've had our differences but I don't want it to end this way. It's not you, it's me. Sometimes things just come between us - you know; time, work, kids, weather. I just want you to know I still care about you and I still want you to be part of my life. It's not … [Read more...]