The ultimate allotmenteers pleasure finally arrived last night, as I picked the majority of our dinner from the garden. Having realised that there was nothing in the cupboard, I managed to have a bit of a vegetable patch stir fry with some left over chicken from Sunday’s roast. You can see above the rainbow chard,… Continue reading Dinner from the garden
Things are finally growing! The chard is absolutely ready, so now I need to learn how to cook it. We’ve picked lots of strawberries, so jam is on the cards and the beans have also begun. I tidied up the wild section of the garden today, pulling out old poppies and cornflowers and letting light… Continue reading Today in the garden
Good grief! I went away for a few days and came back to this absolute monster of a gherkin. I assume I can still cut it up and pickle it, once a single other gherkin grows!
This may not look pretty, but it’s the hottest and most sheltered part of the garden. We had so much success with tomatoes in this part of the garden last year that we’re having another go. They’re definitely behind where they were last year, along with everything else in the garden. There are around 9-10… Continue reading Tomatoes and other stories
Today is the first day I’ve smelt the honeysuckle. It always feels like a moment. As you can see, the bush is clearly a monster that needs to be dealt with and supported properly, but the bees always seem to love it regardless.
It’s the time of year for roses. So far only one is showing signs of black spot (last year was fairly painful for that) so I’ve sprayed them all with a sulphur spray from my favourite place, the Green Gardener. Starting with this, which I think is a Peace Rose, I just wanted to share… Continue reading Roses Roses Roses
What a long day! I look like I’ve got a tan, but I’m sure it’s dirt. Things had started to get out of control in the garden over the past couple of weeks. The grass a has reached thigh height, because I was so determined to leave it for the wildlife in the spring. Weeds… Continue reading Wrestling back control
The wildflowers seem to have sorted themselves out this year, with ox eye daisies, poppies and nigellas growing easily in the last metre of the garden. I allocated this metre to wildlife when I first started planning the veg patch, so that bees and other wildlife (including all those ladybirds I introduced) had somewhere lovely… Continue reading Wild flowers
Today, I noticed one single ripe strawberry. All the others are flowers or small green strawberries. I’m told it was an excellent strawberry, after giving it to the (almost) birthday boy! Now have jam making on the mind.
This week has been all about planting seeds and changeable weather!
I’ve discovered the name of the most striking rose in Garden 101
A round up of winter and the beginning of spring, including fruity gin and apple pruning.
Pruning summer and autumn fruiting varieties (and my epic cake).
Catching up with garden jobs after neglecting it for months!
An update from Garden 101 this week, including tomatoes, sweetcorn, pesto and inconvenient ladybirds
Tips for growing sweetcorn – it’s easier than you think!
An update from Garden 101 this week, including flying ants, aphids, wild flowers and lots of berries
Do you have bitter cucumbers? Here’s how I’m trying to help mine.
Another week on the plot, featuring weather, injuries, courgettes and all the things I haven’t done
Strawberries are easy to grow and bring so much joy!
Atlas carrots are easy to grow in almost any space – great for containers and fast ripening.
Aphids are becoming a problem in Garden 101. Hear how we’re tackling them with ladybirds!
Jam making, experimenting with banana feed and planning to move the compost heap in Garden 101
Things to consider if you’re planning your first ever vegetable garden plot
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