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…

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…

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…

Autumn Tidy

With summer behind me and autumn colours setting in, it’s time I had a tidy up in the garden.  A fair amount of plants and veg have either ended or close to ending and starting to die back.  The tomato plants are very close to the end of their productive year and the leaves on…