Here Comes the Rain

Only a short while ago I wrote about the sun and heatwaves, today I write about rain. We have had rain for the past 3 weeks. I don’t mean it’s been raining on and off for 3 weeks, I mean it’s been raining for 3 weeks. Other than short periods, the rain has not stopped….

Lawn Care and Grass Seed

Here in the UK summer ended yesterday. Officially, the 22nd of September marks the end of warm summers days and ushers in the cold autumn air. The morning air is now cool and crisp, but we are still experiencing warm, dry days. As much as I love summer, there is just something about autumn which…

Photos from earlier this year

I started taking photos of plants in my garden to keep a record progress throughout the year. Here are a few shots from earlier this year, taken late June and early July.

Seeds to sow in June

I tend to sow the most between March and May each year and, until recently, I didn’t consider planting at any other time of the year. Limiting myself to sowing during spring meant I didn’t make use of my home allotment and garden all year round, so I have been exploring what veg does well…

5 Reasons to grow Potatoes in Grow Bags

I’ve always grown potatoes in beds either at home or at my old allotments. I love growing potatoes but starting them off has still required quite a bit of work and taken up a lot of space. Most years, I lose a few to pests and blight. I have persisted with growing potatoes because they…

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…