Summer Sun and Heatwaves

2020 has been a warm year so far. We saw spring temperatures in February, summer temperatures in March and April and, during August, we have recently experienced a heatwave reaching over 30 Degrees Celsius for the last two weeks. As I sit here writing this blog post, the weather is finally breaking. The sky is…

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…

Ordering Seeds during Lockdown

I usually start picking up seeds in February and March from local garden centres but, with all the things happening this year, I didn’t buy any before lockdown started. All garden centres closed their doors and have yet to fully re-open. I’m also not keen to go to the shops to buy seeds. I’m not…

Vlog – Sowing Seeds

Time for a Vlog!  Please help my channel out by giving the video a like and subscribing.  It would be great to build a small community on YouTube. In this episode, I sow courgette, lettuce, radish, peas, and tomatoes.  We’ve had a stunning and really warm April and I’m keen to make sure I get…

February Tasks

February is another one of those months where the motivation to get out in the garden can get quite low. Here is the East of England; it is still damp and cold. The ground is waterlogged and heavy; a thick covering of cloud keeps us in the perpetual half-light. Despite the prevailing greyness of the…

Second Month of the Year

The second month of 2020 has started; I can hardly believe how fast time is passing. The weather here has remained very mild, and I am struggling to recall a day when we woke to frost covering the building site, formally my garden. We have had a few cold mornings, but not enough to stop…

Start of a New Year – January 2020

I remember being a kid watching programmes set in the future. It’s strange to think that we are now living in it. Unfortunately, while the date reflects the shows I watched; we lack space travel and flying cars. Instead, the future has brought me a busy job, two children and a mortgage which seems to…

End of 2019

Its the start of the new year and I take a moment to reflect on 2019. It’s been hit and miss during 2019 and now my garden is being destroyed by the building work taking place to extend my home.

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…