A day off work means a morning tackling the weekly food shop, followed by an afternoon on the allotment. Well, usually anyway. The past two weeks however, the allocated allotment appointment has been superseded by more pressing matters. In that time, nature has taken advantage of our absence and run riot over the plot. Hot… Continue reading 30DaysWild – It’s a Jungle Out There on the Allotment Plot!
I have always loved gardens. Whether it is planting and pruning, harvesting and cutting, photographing blooms, or simply sitting and contemplating, gardens offer so much pleasure. A handful of seed is one of the most magical and optimistic things I can think of, and something that delights me as much now as it did when… Continue reading National Gardening Week: Gardening Genes
Hello again! I talked in my last blog about the importance of bees, and how they desperately need our help. But what can we do? Well the Wild About Gardens team have loads of ideas, so do check out their website. In the meantime here is some inspiration from my own back garden! This is… Continue reading So you want to help save the bees…?
Have you heard the buzzing in your flower beds, borders or balcony? As spring takes flight bees are waking up, emerging from their winter refuges, and becoming active in our gardens, green spaces, and wider countryside. But did you know? Not all bees make honey! As well as our domestic hive-living honey bee, there are… Continue reading Something Wild is A-BUZZ in the Garden!
After the compulsory shed, if there is one feature familiar to almost all allotment gardeners, it is the compost heap. These, like sheds, come in almost any size and style, and once perfected can be immensely rewarding and valuable. Now, I have been custodian of The Cutty Garden allotment for a smidgen over a year,… Continue reading Operation Compost Heap
On St Valentines Day, I am pretty sure that if one was to calculate the most commonly used words on social media, ‘Love’ would undoubtably be at the top. Of course, love comes in many forms. My gorgeous boyfriend give me a gift this morning of a beautiful necklace; for others maybe love will come in… Continue reading Showing the Love
We have the true delight and luck to have an entire week off work with no plans other than making the most of spending time on the allotment! Today’s project focused on the mini-orchard. Since I planted the dwarf trees, this area of the allotment has seen little attention. One of the two apple varieties… Continue reading And on the first day…