Growing Weather

This week our allotment was definitely growing well. We’ve had lots of warm sunshine for a few weeks but no rain… thank heavens we have a water supply at the plot so our raised beds have stayed well watered. Advertisements

Sunny Days Up At The Plot

Another bank holiday weekend and more glorious sunshine and warm weather in West Leeds. Lots of heavy duty weeding done by Mr C while I did more gentle weeding in the raised beds. More seeds sowed and some of the plants we’ve grown at home are now in their final growing position. A few more…

Pop Goes The Rhubarb!

When do you know if your forced rhubarb has worked? When it pops the lid off! Ta dar!!! I’m proud of this for our first attempt.

Can You Hear The Birds And The Bees?

Today has been a glorious day up at the allotment. The birds were singing, bees were buzzing around our daffodils and the sun was shining! 14 degrees was definitely t-shirt weather in West Leeds! Mr C planted some Charlotte potatoes in one of our small raised beds. A layer of manure first to create a…

Up To The Knees In Muck!

A huge thank you to Mr C for getting loads of free manure from the local stables and carrying it up to the allotment on Good Friday. Yes he had to carry it up the lane because it was too muddy to push the wheelbarrow! Then today we got to collect a big tub of…

Is it Spring yet?

I feel like I’ve neglected our allotment this winter as I haven’t visited since just before Christmas! Winter seems to have been playing games with us becoming colder and harsher as we thought we were heading towards Spring. We’re now officially in Spring and the clocks are on BST but I’m still unsure about sowing…

And Then It Was November…

How did we get to November so quickly? It doesn’t seem long since I was planting my pumpkin seeds in Spring and now we’re eating them in soup and cakes! All that nurture and love and then I come at them with a carving knife… my poor babies!Things are still growing up at the allotment……

Roasted Vegetable Soup

My latest allotment alchemy involved the oven rather than a huge cauldron on the hob! I sprayed my oven trays with some spray olive oil. On one tray I put chopped pumpkin, red onions, garlic cloves and tomatoes eith some sea salt, black pepper and dried basil along with a few more sprays of olive…

Spiced Parsnip Soup and Potato, Leek and Allotment Greens Soup

So I don’t do runny food except cream, custard and Heinz Cream Of Tomato Soup… no silly… not all together!  Having an allotment means we have to think of ways to use our vegetables so because Mr C does like runny food we have to make soup! My last two cauldron full of evil have…

September Already!

It’s 3rd September today and we’re not ready for harvest yet on many of our crops at the allotment and we could do with it being more than 14 degrees! Brrrr it’s a tad chilly up here! Sunshine and warmth please come back soon. Our Bug Hotel and wild area has lots of blackberries growing….

A Sunny Sunday Afternoon At RHS Harlow Carr

I wanted to show Mr C the raised bed area as well as the allotment plot at Harlow Carr. Today was a perfect day for a visit… flowers and vegetables galore… Brass Band music… Ice Cream… Betty’s and a Fat Rascal! Yorkshire at its best! If you’re in the area RHS Harlow Carr is a…