On the edge of summer…

It’s the 30th May 2020 and not quite the world we used to know. Covid19 has made this year unusual in many ways. In the garden and on our allotment nature is doing what she does best… growing. It’s 8.30pm and 18°C and both 5B and 4B are looking good in the evening sunshine. We…

All I Want Is A Ton Of Soil

When my mum asked what I wanted for my birthday and Christmas last year I answered ‘A ton of top soil for the allotment please.’ Luckily my mum knows my life isn’t all about favourite handbags and perfumes, though I think even she expected me to ask for something more glamorous! Today was the ‘Big…

Gooseberry Jam

First off all no animals were hurt in the making of this jam!! Not a goose in sight! Gooseberries… a crazy soft fruit that’s grown on most allotments in England Tart enough to make you pull a face until they’re perfectly ripe and then their taste becomes amazing… perfect in a pie or crumble and…

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…

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. 

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…

Taco Bell Has Arrived In Leeds!

 Last night was the VIP Opening Event for Taco Bell in Leeds so Mr C and I were excited to go along and see what Taco Bell can bring to Leeds! Situated in the St John’s Centre this new restaurant is definitely going to shake up everyone’s taste buds.  Not heard of Taco Bell? Started…