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Reasons to grow your own dried beans in 2022

Reasons to grow your own dried beans in 2022

Last year, I decided to try my hand at growing my own drying beans. If I’m completely honest, I expected very little reward for high efforts. I was pleasantly surprised to learn that it was quite the contrary. Growing my own drying beans has…

Review of 17 heirloom tomato varieties I grew in 2021

Review of 17 heirloom tomato varieties I grew in 2021

I grew a fair variety of tomatoes this year. Here I have compiled a list of these tomatoes and have given my honest opinion on every single one. Hopefully this can help you if you’re stuck deciding which varieties to grow for next season.

What to plant in autumn for early summer harvests

What to plant in autumn for early summer harvests

t’s already that time of year where everything slows down drastically in the garden. Days are feeling short, night time temperatures have dropped and our first frost date is just around the corner. I have also noticed harvests slow down…

Lessons learned: Gardening mistakes I made in 2021

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 were then tricked into thinking that summer had finally…

Authentic Sri Lankan Beetroot Curry Recipe

Authentic Sri Lankan Beetroot Curry Recipe

I know what you’re thinking, there is something that just sounds so wrong about a beetroot curry. I used to think this too, but after trying it in Sri Lanka I am 100% converted. Sri Lankan food is largely vegetable…

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

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 we begin to feel the inevitable…

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

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 your future self will thank 

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

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 often joke that I am solar powered, because my energy…

Allotment anniversary: our allotment journey and advice for beginners

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 learned so much since then, 

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

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 of fruit and vegetables grown for supermarkets are primarily grown