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...]

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...]

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...]