I won’t lie to you guys, beekeeping is not cheap! I started to help out my mum with her bees but I wanted to branch out on my own and have the responsibility of keeping my own hives. I live my life on a restricted budget and beekeeping equipment is something I have to carefully…… Continue reading How Much Does Keeping Bees Cost?
I like to make this Boo-Boo Balm to use on chapped skin, bruises, scrapes, dry skin, whatever needs something nice and rich and unctuous! The beeswax and calendula petals come from my allotment, the oils sadly don’t, but I love being able to use these things that I have grown to look after myself. Calendula…… Continue reading Anna’s Boo-Boo Balm
I buy my frames flat packed so they need to be assembled before use. You will find that cheaper frames are trickier, more splinters, less easy to fit together as the cuts aren’t quite so accurate but Beekeeping is hella expensive so I’m happy enough to have to make a few tweaks/tap it with a…… Continue reading Making up Frames for the National Beehive
Rhubarb is plentiful on the allotment these days and I had a few leftover strawberries to use up quickly so I decided to make a quick crumble for dessert. The orange zest is really what makes this dish sing! 2 stalks rhubarb ~ 6 large strawberries 4 tbsp granulated sugar Zest of half an orange …… Continue reading Plot to Plate: Rhubarb, Strawberry and Orange Crumble
Before we begin, an apiary is where you keep beehives. (Honey bees’ Latin name is Apis mellifera.) In order to keep bees on an allotment you’re going to have to build a proper screened apiary. Having tall screens makes the bees fly upwards so they are above head height and can’t bother people. Without a…… Continue reading Building an Apiary
Exciting times are ahead as I have taken on a new allotment plot! I will be keeping my little plot closer to home but having the extra space will allow me to diversify the kinds of things I grow and especially grow some things that take up more space than my little plot allows. (I’ll…… Continue reading New Plot!
Whenever I got to harvest a cabbage I always leave the stalk and some outer leaves in the ground and just cleanly slice the head off. A few weeks later you should find that you have a whole bunch of little cabbagelings sprouting from the base. Which means a second crop from the same plant,…… Continue reading How to Double Your Cabbage Crop
Well, the autumn tidy up on the Allotment has started! I always love this time of year, doing the hard graft, clearing and digging and mulching. My first big project was to take down the last pea trellis, clear the bed and plant out next year’s early brassicas. I use Nutscene twine to build my…… Continue reading Autumn Tidy Up
I decided to bring in the pumpkins as I won’t have time in the next few weeks to get them in before a frost. Some still need to ripen a little but I’m rather pleased with the winter squash selection this year. Some will be for display, others will be displayed until they’re eaten! Storing…… Continue reading Pumpkin Harvest Time
One of the objectives of changing my whole lifestyle last year was to enable me to have the time to go off on adventures and enjoy myself more. For me this has meant more camping trips! I didn’t get away at all last year so this year I’ve been keen to make up for it. …… Continue reading North Norfolk Camping