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  • September Allotment Photos

    September Allotment Photos

    I’m coming out of my blogging hibernation, it’s been a while since I’ve visited the plot let alone post about it. And I’m feeling guilty. Read more

    Posted on 30 September 2014 GARDENING, HOME
  • Sarah Raven’s Cutting Garden Journal Book Review

    Sarah Raven’s Cutting Garden Journal Book Review

    Our allotment drew lots of attention and admiration during the height of summer, the new cutting area dominated and stole the show with punchy... Read more

    Posted on 04 September 2014 GARDENING, HOME
  • Moody Broody

    Moody Broody

    One of our ex battery hens went broody about a month or so ago. Since then most of my time has been spent looking after a very moody hen, trying to ‘break’ her... Read more

    Posted on 23 June 2014 GARDENING, HOME
  • Tea and Scones on the Allotment

    Scones Allotment

    Tuberous Sclerosis Complex (TSC) Awareness Week 12th – 18th May 2014 I was asked to take part in Tea and SCones for TSC blog tour, to raise awareness of Tuberou... Read more

    Posted on 15 May 2014 GARDENING, HOME
  • Kitchen Garden Experts Book Review

    Kitchen Garden Experts Book Review

    Kitchen Garden Experts combines growing tips and delicious recipes by celebrated chefs and their head gardeners at twenty of the UK’s most exciting... Read more

    Posted on 24 April 2014 GARDENING, HOME
  • Gertcha Rabbits!

    Gertcha Rabbits!

    Our allotment site is fenced with chicken wire to prevent rabbits from entering from the railway and fields beyond. As predicted, rabbits are finding ways to... Read more

    Posted on 17 April 2014 GARDENING, HOME
  • Potting on Tomatoes

    Potting Tomatoes

    My tomato seedlings are at the stage where they need to part company with their seedling buddies and move into larger accommodation on their own. When the secon... Read more

    Posted on 08 April 2014 GARDENING, HOME
  • Growing Happy Carrots

    Growing Happy Carrots

    We haven’t done very well with growing carrots at the allotment, our plot in its 3rd year of being worked (previously uncultivated land) is still quite... Read more

    Posted on 06 April 2014 GARDENING, HOME
  • Planting Fruit Trees

    Planting Fruit Trees

    Yesterday we planted new fruit trees in the orchard, much later than we’d planned due to weather conditions making the ground too boggy to dig. Read more

    Posted on 04 April 2014 GARDENING, HOME
  • Plot of Jam

    Plot

    This is plot 29E, a half plot on our village allotments and 3 plots in a line away from ours (can you see our blue shed in the distance?). Read more

    Posted on 02 April 2014 GARDENING, HOME
  • Fairy Eggs

    Fairy Eggs

    I found 3 fairy eggs and 1 normal size egg in total during the first 2 weeks of the new rescue hens being here. Fairy eggs are tiny and yolkless eggs and are... Read more

    Posted on 22 March 2014 GARDENING, HOME
  • Back on the Plot

    Back Plot

    The weather has been settled and sunny for many days now, a pleasant respite from the rain allowing many hours of work at the allotment to prepare the ground fo... Read more

    Posted on 14 March 2014 GARDENING, HOME
  • Allotment Addicts

    Allotment Addicts

    is a photo sharing group on Flickr, created by little old me. If you upload photos to Flickr and love taking photos of your allotment, seedlings, harvests and o... Read more

    Posted on 11 March 2014 GARDENING, HOME
  • Recycling and Chicken Therapy

    Recycling Chicken Therapy

    A shed business adjacent to the allotments allows us to take away their scrap wood, they’re happy to let us in the yard at the back to take what we need. Read more

    Posted on 10 March 2014 GARDENING, HOME
  • Nature Can Be Cruel, Yet So Beautiful

    Nature Cruel, Beautiful

    A couple of weeks ago, following a storm, I found a little bird nest. Thankfully empty (with no sign of eggs anywhere near) it lay there, upside down on the... Read more

    Posted on 08 March 2014 GARDENING, HOME
  • Big Spawn Count 2014

    Spawn Count 2014

    I’m so excited! I spotted this lovely couple in the wildlife pond early this morning, a pair of common frogs in a copulatory embrace called Amplexus. I rushed t... Read more

    Posted on 07 March 2014 GARDENING, HOME
  • The Big Allotment Challenge

    Allotment Challenge

    Silver River Productions, a TV company based in London are currently in production for a BBC2 primetime gardening show ‘The Big Allotment Challenge’. Read more

    Posted on 01 March 2014 GARDENING, HOME
  • Onion Sets in Module Trays

    Onion Sets Module Trays

    I usually plant my onion sets straight into the ground in spring, covering with a mesh frame to keep the birds off until they’ve sprouted and developed a good... Read more

    Posted on 27 February 2014 GARDENING, HOME
  • Room in the Chicken Coop

    Room Chicken Coop

    I put my name down for more rescue hens from Little Hen Rescue, the rescue took place over the weekend and I made the short journey to collect them on Sunday. Read more

    Posted on 17 February 2014 GARDENING, HOME
  • Hello Old Friend

    Hello Friend

    The allotment in winter, thanks to a mild but very wet winter, the weeds are still growing strong. The weather continues to be dreadful, not the sort to be... Read more

    Posted on 13 February 2014 GARDENING, HOME