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
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
The cut flower patch has suddenly swung into production! Despite my annuals getting a late start (it was too cold and then all of a sudden I was behind!), I have plenty to choose from from the anemones, ranunculus, cornflowers and sweetpeas, which are giving me a posey every day or two. The dahlias have…… Continue reading Cut Flower Progress
I’ve not grown garlic before but thought I’d have a go this year. I started some Casablanca bulbs in modules at the same time I started the onions and popped them in. If anything they shrank. The onions are thriving but the Casablanca was not having it. A friend also gave me some Flavour garlic…… Continue reading Garlic Drama
I was lucky enough to be invited to Gardener’s World Live at the NEC Birmingham a few weeks ago. It was a fantastic day, despite the scorching heat and very long drive, and I had an amazing time. The show gardens were fabulous and absolutely chock full of inspiration, especially for small spaces. But I think…… Continue reading Gardener’s World Live
My poor little she shed was broken into last week and burgled. It was a bit of an odd crime as our allotments are pretty secure. They’re fully fenced, surrounded by residential property and you have to get through two locked gates to enter. At first it was assumed that it was kids climbing the…… Continue reading She Shed Burglary
My little bike trailer is one of the best allotment investments I made last year. Not only does Darcy adore riding in it (it is also known as the Darcy Chariot) but it has enabled me to move all sorts of things down to the allotment, many of which simply wouldn’t fit in the car……… Continue reading The Little Bike Trailer That Could!