Growing Garlic

I love growing garlic. It’s an ingredient we use all of the time when cooking at home and I get a great feeling knowing we are using something I have grown. It stores well which means we can get months of use out of a single harvest, and now is the time to be planting…

September Update

It’s been a while since my last update. Unfortunately, my work with my full-time job has become extremely busy, wedding season kicked in for my photography business and, in the time I had left, I had a lot of family commitments. The result has been a poor year, and I have had a minimal amount…

First crop from the allotment

Spring has officially started here in the East of England and we are having a wide variety of weather from wonderfully warm days to bitterly cold ones. Despite the cold, nature if waking up. Seeds are starting to germinate in the greenhouse, the dreaded weeds are getting an early start and some plants are already…

Planting down the allotment

It’s been a while since I have managed to get down the allotment and I have a few things I need to plant out.  All of the rain and the warm weather means I have a lot of weeding to do.  

Hearty warming food

Today has been one of those days when the sun doesn’t shine.  Here in the East of England I doesn’t feel like there has been a sunrise, it just became a lighter shade of grey with persistent rain.  It’s days like these which make winter a challenge and reminds me how much I like spring…

Checking on the Allotment

The cold has well and truly come to Norfolk and December is due to get even colder.  Since clearing up the allotment I have not been down to check on it and the last few things growing down there. The allotment is a very different place during the winter.  It is missing a sea of…

Autumn planning

Tidying has been the name of the game so far this autumn and I’ve filled up my garden waste bin several times over.  But now the beds are begging to clear and the soil is turned over, its time to have a think about what I could grow over the winter months. There are not…

Autumn Tidy

With summer behind me and autumn colours setting in, it’s time I had a tidy up in the garden.  A fair amount of plants and veg have either ended or close to ending and starting to die back.  The tomato plants are very close to the end of their productive year and the leaves on…

Spring is in the air!

Finally, spring has arrived, or be it the odd day of spring is here.  Frosts still threaten any crops silly enough to raise their heads without adequate cover but when the sun is out you cannot mistake the positive feelings its warmth provides. A lot has happened since my last post.  A new fence surrounds…

Surviving the Mid Winter Blues

  Here in the East of England we are mid way through the winter and can bring on a case of the blues if you are not careful.  The wind has changed direction and, rather than bringing warm air from the south, we have cold air from the north blowing in from the North Sea.  …