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…

Saying Goodbye

I’ve tried to think of the best way to describe the last few weeks, and the best I can do is “different”. Earlier this year, my wife’s grandfather, Stan, passed away. He was 91 and had a short period of ill health before passing away at home with his family with him. When anyone passes…

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…

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…

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…

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…