We are getting some fantastic produce from the allotment right now. It's amazing to have a plate full of food you've grown yourself. But, we're getting LOTS of courgettes. Let's be honest; there are only so many courgettes you can eat. I've cooked them as many different ways as I can think of. I've given… Continue reading Eating Seasonally: Courgette Cake
Just a few weeks after planting our apple trees we have an aphid infestation! I first discovered the little beasties when I noticed one of the trees was looking decidedly droopy. The leaves were yellowing and curling up. At first I thought it might just need watering, but when that failed to perk it up… Continue reading Natural Pest Control
The shed that we inherited on the allotment was so old and rotten it was going to blow over if we had any high wind. I've had to hold the door closed with a breeze block and I'm amazed that my tools haven't been stolen. It was agreed that we needed a new one. There… Continue reading Shed Sweet Shed
There has been lots happening down at the allotment recently. I haven’t blogged about it because I was hoping to do a 'big reveal', but whilst we were down there last week we found treasure! Green gold! It’s all very exciting. When I was weeding between the raspberries I noticed a spear of what look… Continue reading Green Gold
I am thrilled to find an excuse to talk about one of my favourite creatures. Bees! The Dorset Wildlife Trust magazine dropped onto my doormat this week and it has a lovely photograph of a bee on the cover. This issue is promoting their 'Get Dorset Buzzing' campaign, which aims to make a difference to… Continue reading Let’s Get Buzzy!
It’s beautiful out there! Spring is finally springing. We went for a walk yesterday and the trees were starting to bud, the wild garlic is emerging and the snowdrops are in bloom. We had a cold snap earlier this month and after a ‘snow day’ I was fed up of the three inches of white… Continue reading If you go down to the woods today
Since there is still some confusion over which plot is actually ours I've decided to pass the time doing some research. My Dad and Step-Mum have just bought me a book (pictured) called The Classic Allotment by Gordon Thornburn. They picked it up in a garden centre on a recent trip to Basingstoke. It contains… Continue reading Swotting up