Gardening

Planting spring bulbs for biodiversity and a beautiful spring display

Hopefully you’ve already bought your spring bulbs for planting this autumn, but fret not if you haven’t yet. Whilst it is getting closer to crunch time, if you’re quick to act you can still get an ord…

Lessons learned: Gardening mistakes I made in 2021

What a funny old year 2021 has been. It started with the coldest April for nearly a decade, and it was one of the driest Aprils on record too. This was followed by the wettest May in over 50 years. We…

How to save your own seed for beginners

As we begin to near the end of the growing season, I am starting to make a conscious effort to start saving some of my own seeds. Saving your own seed is a great practice that can save you a lot of mo…

What gardeners can do to help the climate crisis: Part 2

Last week I posted a blog inspired by the IPCC climate report, on what gardeners can do to help with the climate crisis. There are so many things gardeners can do that can make a huge impact, so this …

What gardeners can do to help the climate crisis

Following the release of the rather sobering IPCC report earlier this week, I have found myself wanting to do more to try to help the future of our planet. A large reason why I started growing my own …

Vegetable seeds to sow in August for autumn, winter and early spring harvests

I feel like August is a bittersweet month. Everything is in full bloom, crops are usually at their peak and everything just feels wonderful in the garden. However, nights are noticeably drawing in and…

Preventing, spotting and dealing with tomato and potato blight

This year we have experienced a particularly wet spring and summer. Whilst there are certainly some pros to this (a lot less time watering!) it is also the perfect weather for diseases to spread. One …

Onion white rot: how to prevent, detect and manage white rot

Wouldn’t it be nice if we could just grow plants without worrying about pests and diseases? Once you start your gardening journey you quickly learn that the natural world wants to eat your produce jus…

Seeds I’m sowing in July – Keeping the ground full and planning for autumn

As we move past summer solstice into July, it’s a time when we need to start thinking ahead to autumn and winter. I know that winter is the last thing you want to be thinking about at the moment but y…

June gardening jobs: plant maintenance, harvesting and dealing with a glut

After such a long winter and cold spring, what a glorious few weeks it has been. The intense heat and sun forced me up and down to the allotment in the mornings before it became too hot to work. I oft…

Allotment anniversary: our allotment journey and advice for beginners

Last week marked our two year allotment anniversary. This got me thinking of how far we have come in those two years and made me want to share the highs and lows with you. I also feel like we have lea…

Heritage fruit and vegetables: Varieties I am most excited to grow this year

One of my absolute favourite things about growing our own food is the variety we can grow. When you start growing food you realise how restrictive buying from the shops can actually be. Most varieties…

No-dig gardening – Benefits and Misconceptions

No dig gardening has become increasingly popular over the last couple of years. This year almost everyone I follow on Instagram is doing no dig, or at very least having a no dig bed. I think no-dig is…

Seeds I’m sowing in May

I feel like this year is flying by much quicker than usual. With most of our days blending into one thanks to lockdown, plus a particularly cold spring, it really doesn’t feel like we are going into t…

How to make the most of your growing space with succession planting

There are two types of succession planting. The first type is where you sow a small amount of the same plant frequently to ensure continual harvests over a longer season. This is used for crops that g…

April Gardening Jobs – Preparing your kitchen garden for summer

The days of not having much to do in the garden are behind us now and for the next few months the time spent working in our gardens will continue to increase. As the season progresses, you will notice…

Seeds I’m sowing in the second half of april

The second half of April is a time when you can finally start sowing your warmth loving plants that are destined to be outdoors. These include some of my favourite vegetables to grow so I find it supe…

Seeds I’m sowing in the first half of April

I feel like I’m beginning to sound like a broken record but April is yet another very exciting month for gardeners. The days are getting long, it’s warming up outside and everything is alive once agai…

How to grow carrots, choosing varieties, debunking myths and preventing pests

The time has finally come, we are officially in Spring. What a long winter it’s been here in the UK. I found lockdown during the winter much more difficult. The allotment was my saviour during the ear…

Creating a garden that is beautiful, functional and great for pollinators

I’m going to be completely honest with you here. We have been living in our house for three years now and have had the allotment for nearly 2 of those. Whilst many hours have been spent at the plot, o…

Seeds I’m Sowing in March

March is one of the most exciting months of the year. It is the month of the Spring equinox meaning we’ll officially have over 12 hours of daylight. It is also the month the clocks go forward and Brit…

My Week On The Allotment – Preparation For Spring

It suddenly feels like Spring is well and truly on its way here in the UK. Daylight hours are increasing noticeably fast and we have finally had some warmer weather after a bout of unusually cold temp…

Flowers I’m Growing This Year To Boost Biodiversity and Productivity

Last year, I didn’t really grow flowers. Due to wanting to grow food and be as self-sufficient as possible with the space I had, flowers didn’t really fit in with my plans. I grew some marigolds for c…

Different F1 Varieties Crown Prince, Calabrese, Cauliflower, Leek, Cucumber
What does F1 mean on seeds?

You may have noticed that many seed varieties are described as ‘F1’. But have you ever wondered what that means? F1 is short for first generation hybrid and are varieties that have been produced to ha…

Seeds I’m Sowing In February

February has been a month I have been longing for. While I’ve not been spending a huge amount of time outside at the allotment, it is a month where I am gearing up to start sowing many of my seeds. La…

How to choose which varieties of potatoes to grow

Potatoes are often one of the first crops people grow. They are notoriously low maintenance and everybody loves them. However, after my first season growing potatoes, I already feel like I am going in…

How to start a vegetable garden

Many of us start our vegetable garden pretty much blindfolded. It can seem extremely daunting at first, and often difficult to know where to start.  What to do first will depend on your starting …

10 Reasons to Grow Your Own Food in 2021

Growing your own food became infinitely more popular in 2020, as many people found themselves with more time on their hands, and were trying to keep themselves busy while not leaving their house/garde…