Being this far north it’s a little bit of a wait for most garden produce. Other than the few spears of asparagus I dared to take, the only other harvest has been of rhubarb, which so far has been prolific! I’ve made several delicious rhubarb crumbles and have even frozen a bag of it for a strawberry and rhubarb jam I’m planning on making next month and I still have tons left to use. So what to do with it? Make wine! Using a recipe I found online, I soaked

An allotment neighbour kindly ordered in a lorry load of mushroom compost for us again this year. I’m pleased to say that my four bags worth has already paid for itself in mushrooms! The compost is from a local mushroom producer who sells ‘spent’ compost on to local gardeners for a fairly modest price. Though not technically fertile, it still pops out loads of tasty white and brown cap mushrooms for a couple of months. So Monday night we had Portobellos with a Parmesan stuffing and tomorrow night, mushroom ravioli

Soooooooo many seeds…so little time. Even though I’m about to move house in less than a week and haven’t even begun boxing anything up I still found time today to sow more seeds. I should have just waited until after the move but the sun was shining and I was itching to get some of my new plants on the go! The older seedlings are looking great – tons of sweet corn, tomatoes and sweet-peas but now I’ve got okra, hot peppers, cape-gooseberry and a variety of flowers and herbs

Throughout the last month I’ve been squeezing in as much work as possible during our sunniest days. All my beds are prepared, I’ve laid the last of the weed-resistant material for my stone pathways and I’ve even been able to do a bit of sowing as well. Radishes are up, early carrots have been sown as well as leeks, peas and mange-tout. I’ve even experimented with planting very early spinach which miraculously survived a frost and seems to be thriving. At home my husband built me a cold-frame one afternoon

I love working our allotment but to say that gardening on my plot is a challenge has got to be an understatement. Thus far I’ve been faced with a variety of obstacles including gardening on a slope, extremely rocky soil, battles with invading grass, various critters munching on my harvest and now winter bogginess. I knew when we took the plot that it had been labelled ‘BOGGY’ but at the time we thought someone had got it wrong since the soil wasn’t wet. But over the last few months, we’ve

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