It’s been a while since my last post – I suppose at this glorious but hectic time of year any spare time I’ve had has been spent doing actual gardening rather than writing about it! It seems like there is always an extensive to-do list for an allotmenteer in May, and it can certainly feel… Continue reading Nearly June Already!
It’s been a great spring so far! Lots of plants are well ahead compared to last year – broad beans are flowering 3 weeks earlier, and early plug plantings of lettuce, radish and peas are starting to grow well. Another true harbinger of spring warmth is the sight of topless male pensioners on allotment sites throughout… Continue reading Early April Update
Several things happen in March which help to really make it feel like the beginning of spring, despite the fact that we still get cold and wet weather. Things like the emergence of swathes of crocuses in parks (and daffodils to follow), the first sign of blossom on blackthorn bushes, and the amazing bright green of the… Continue reading Mid-March Happenings
We’re into March, and while we haven’t seen the last of the cold weather it certainly feels like the growing season is getting started – bulbs are flowering, the rhubarb is sending up shoots and there’s even some blossom on a few trees. I’ve got radish, lettuce, parsley, spring onion, broad bean, pea and sweet pea… Continue reading New and unusual crops for 2017
There is no definite beginning nor end to the gardening year – the seasons cycle round indefinitely bringing constant change but never anything as defined as a start or a finish. For me though, the annual spreading of compost on the beds feels very much like a fresh start in the allotment, with the plot looking… Continue reading ‘No-dig’ – the annual mulch
In March 2015 we took on a half sized allotment, moving from another site which was to be closed. The new plot was smaller than what we currently had, but crucially it offered full sun – a vast improvement on the shady plot that we had been struggling on for a few years. The plot… Continue reading The Plot So Far….