Wet And Warm = Growing Weather

We’ve just been up to the allotment to water. Everything was looking good apart from a couple of pumpkin plants which looked totally dehydrated. A good watering tonight and lots of sunshine is forecast for tomorrow. Amazing how much difference you can see in a week at this time of year as everything puts a…

Weed Free Zone?

To say our allotment plots were very overgrown pieces of field when we took them on, they’re looking pretty good tonight! Not quite weed free but less weeds than we ever expected following a weed blitz today! Mr C has got the boundary between 5B and 4B cleared today and I’ve sown meadow flower seeds…

Forward Planning

This morning I planted the last of my seeds for this current growing season, Pumpkins, Cosmos Flowers, Peas and herbs. Before I sat in the sunshine planting my seeds I spent an hour trying to plan my crop rotation for winter 2017 and summer 2018… sounds crazy but I’m glad it’s done!This is the label…

Where There’s Muck…

This morning Mr C had been to the gym and the local stables before 9am! No he’s not started horse riding, he’d taken along some empty bags and a spade and filled six bags with free manure for the allotment! It’s now in our new composter to break down before we use it. The wild…

Not Many April Showers, Hope We’ll Have May Flowers!

It’s the last day of April 2017! April seems to have flown by. Most of our growing has been done at home. Seeds planted and seedlings grown that have been nurtured first on windowsills, then the dining table, followed by our little greenhouse and then the garden table.  Hopefully we’ll learn from past experience and…

Spring Sunshine Up At 5B

Not many words needed today. We had glorious sunshine, blue skies and a red kite swirling on the thermals above our allotment. A lovely picnic lunch with my mum and Mr C on what was a very warm Mother’s Day in Pudsey. Purple Sprouting Broccoli First Early Spuds InLook at all that pollen!      …

Oops I think I’m in the wrong bed!

When you’ve lovingly prepared a raised bed on your allotment, planted a bag of onion sets and covered it with net then sat down to have a coffee and the world is a happy place. Well it was until I went through the 2017 allotment plan on my phone with Mr C and realised I’d…

It’ll Soon Be Spring…

We’ve spent most of this weekend up at the allotment and spring is only just around the corner… the hawthorn hedge has specs of green about to burst and there was pussy willow on a tree at the bottom of the site.   We’ve been enjoying our homegrown leeks, cabbages, kale, swedes and sprouts over…

Autumn’s Coming… 2016

It’s suddenly becoming autumnal up at the allotment. Pumpkins are changing colours, sprouts are gradually growing larger, cabbages have become round! Whoop whoop… sorry… and breathe! I really thought I couldn’t grow rounder cabbages but there are at least four that are!  In the spring we grafted two apple trees which we have lovingly watched…

Caramelised Red Onion Chutney

This is absolutely delicious if I say so myself!! Recipe 8 red onions 1 red chilli 25ml rape seed oil 200g dark muscovado sugar 150ml balsamic vinegar 150ml red wine vinegar Method Cut your onions and chilli into short, thin slices and put them into a pan with the bay leaves and oil. Cook gently…

Apple Chutney

Autumn means chutney and the smell of vinegar!  This was a prize winner for me at the 2016 Pudsey Show. Recipe 1½ kg allotment apples, peeled and diced 750g light muscovado sugar 500g raisins 2 medium homegrown onions, finely chopped 2 tsp mustard seeds 2 tsp ground ginger 1 tsp salt 700ml cider vinegar Method…

September Allotment Update

A beautiful Wednesday evening up at the allotment with Mr C.  It was all rather mad up to the beginning of June trying to get seeds to grow and plants to live… then it was all about weeding… a lit of weeding! Now it’s rather calm on the allotment and everything is growing. We have…