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…

Chocolate Beetroot Bundt Cake

Having an allotment makes me think about what to grow and how I can use our produce throughout the year. It isn’t all about how to store what we harvest or savoury dishes we can make, it’s also about sweet treats as cake is something I love to bake and also eat. Tonight we held…

Meet Our Rhubarb

I don’t know if it’s part of being a Yorkshire Lass but I have always loved rhubarb. Even when it was soggy and stringy in the 70’s it tasted good, especially in a crumble! Mr C didn’t like rhubarb til he met me! He had bad memories of it from the 70’s! We now have…

The Glorious 12th up at the allotment

Onions pulled today and left to dry in the sunshine for a couple of days. More blackberries picked, some peas popped and a few early few leeks pulled up too! There’s lots of beautiful flowers and tasty food up on 4B and 5B this month. 

Allotment Pizza

Great tea tonight using kale, red onion, beetroot, basil and garlic from our allotment. I cheated with bought pizza bases that I already had in that needed using. I made a pesto by blitzing kale with two pickled garlic cloves, whole almonds, parmesan cheese and some rape seed oil. I also added some chilli rape…

Digging In The Rain

So it feels more like April up on the allotment at the moment… cooler temperatures and rain… lots of rain. We even ate a picnic on the allotment in the rain with some friends at the weekend! But I’m not complaining because it’s proving to be good growing weather.  Everything is suddenly going whoosh and…

Mid summer growing 

It’s over a month since my last allotment post. Everything sort of did a go slow, still growing but in need of sunshine and rain and then ended up with too much of both!  We’ve just enjoyed a week away in East Anglia so hoped everything had grown while we’d been away… and it had!…

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…