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…

End of a year, a new start.

With Christmas and New Year behind us it is time to get stuck into winter gardening.  For me winter has not been about gardening but sitting down watching idyllic episodes of River Cottage and other good life TV but find myself wasting time and not making the most of all year round growing. This year…

What I’m sowing in January 2019

With Christmas Day almost over and with the shortest day of the year behind us, it’s time to start thinking about the new year.  In the past few years I have waited until the start of spring to sow seeds but this year I am determined to start sooner.  Its a shame to see the…

Feeling relaxed and productive at the same time

I’ve followed my philosophy of “little and often” religiously this year and I think I am starting to see the rewards.  By working on my garden and allotment plots, a little each day, I have started to form a habit.  It now feels strange to not be in the garden pulling up some young weeds…

Mid July

July is normally a good month here in Norfolk, UK. This year has seen amazing weather but I can’t remember the last time it rained, I think it was over a month ago. Watering is the biggest task on the allotment and back home in the garden. The dry spell means slugs and snails are…

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.  

Little and Often

We’re finally getting stable(ish) weather and and risk of frost is dropping with each day. With mostly consistent temperatures come better germination rates.  I am concerned some are too far behind now to yield a good crop this year, only time will tell.  I’m still having problems with some seeds and I’ve not seen any…

Is it spring yet?

Looking outside today one could believe it is late November. The sun hasn’t managed to get through the mist since Saturday and temperatures haven’t push much past 10 degrees Celsius (50 degrees Fahrenheit) for most of the week. This has not been good news for my seeds which, for the most part, need temperatures to…