I’ve started early and this is how I’ve done it.

After a few cold weeks and very little happening in my greenhouse more and more seeds are germinating and starting to reach out of the ground for the sun. April and May are traditionally my sowing months but for the last few years I’ve been trying to extend the season with my greenhouse and heated…

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…

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…

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…

Procrastination, my nemesis.

I’m a month behind.  I have a load of excuses.  Its been cold, its rained….a lot, and its snowed in March just when I wanted to get on with sowing seeds.  I could also blame work, and I have done.  I’ve told myself that all these things have stopped me from getting on with things…

Exploring Norfolk’s Big Houses

Norfolk has a long history and experienced some interesting times. You can’t go too far without bumping into a hill fort, Roman ruins and medieval castles, as well as some of the most amazing and well preserved stately homes once owned by the rich and royalty. Within 45 minutes north of where I live I…

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…

Harvesting Onions

Today is the first major harvest of this year; onions.  I love to use onions in a lot of my cooking at home. They cost around £0.16 loose for white onions or £0.21 for a red onion at the local supermarket.  With the ability to store for 2-3 months and to have a crop up…

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…