2018 Allotment Resolutions

Happy New Year! I’m going into 2018 with a list of personal allotment resolutions – eek! Let me make it clear that resolutions aren’t normally my thing. To be honest, I don’t see the point in striving for unrealistic personal goals, putting pressure on yourself to live a certain way, only to forget all about the #NEWYEARNEWME by the 4th January *rolls eyes*. It just isn’t me. With all that said, I was reflecting on my allotment progress and realised how I could make things better for myself, my land and hopefully for others too. Some of my resolutions I have started already, because they aren’t just for a new year remember! It’s never a bad time to make a few changes to your lifestyle or future plans.
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5 Reasons Why You Should Save Your Seed

Saving seed has become an important part of my allotment practises this year and I’ve come to realise that It’s something everyone should be doing! Not only are seeds themselves such beautiful things to study close up, but the more you grow and preserve your seed, you are in turn developing the variety to become better adapted to your growing in your soil and micro-climate conditions. Here are my 5 reasons why you should save your seed! Continue reading “5 Reasons Why You Should Save Your Seed”

Butternut Squash and Chorizo Macaroni Cheese

I don’t know about you but autumn is the time of year when I am most excited to be in the kitchen! I think it’s just when the weather begins to turn frosty and the leaves outside crispen and curl that I particularly enjoy cooking the hearty, comfort foods that we all love to indulge in. So what a better way to celebrate the colour and taste of autumn than with this delicious seasonal dish using homegrown butternut squash? Continue reading “Butternut Squash and Chorizo Macaroni Cheese”

TOP 7 Successes of 2017

Overall, 2017 has been a great year for growing and experimenting. I tried new methods to increase plant production, prevent diseases and I also got creative in the kitchen using the glut of the harvests to make new recipes including cakes, cider, chutneys, jams, indian snacks and desserts! Take a look at my top 7 successes for 2017 and be sure to let me know in the comments what your biggest success was for the year. Continue reading “TOP 7 Successes of 2017”

Allotment Jobs for Autumn

  • Pune hedges
  • Sow green manure ✅
  • Prune herbs ✅
  • Plant Spring bulbs ✅
  • Remove bindweed (!)
  • Collect leaves for leaf mould ✅
  • Collect seeds ✅
  • Sow lupin seeds
  • Pot up strawberry runners
  • Tidy the shed
  • Tidy the polytunnel ✅
  • Consider sourcing farm manure ✅
  • Build a hedgehog house
  • Harvest squashes ✅
  • Remove plants after end of harvest ✅
  • Harvest apples ✅
  • Make cider ✅