• The Great Tomato Experiment

    Tomatoes have always been one of my favourite fruits. Little cherry tomatoes picked in the sunshine and eaten straight from the vine are simply THE best thing ever. So it was no surprise that these little bundles of tasty goodness made it on the the list of vegetables and fruit to grow at the allotment this year. However, I’ve not always found growing tomatoes to be a simple thing. Sometimes I’ve missed the sowing window and by the time they’ve developed fruits it’s autumn and there’s no chance of them ripening (hello green tomato chutney). On other occasions the pollination in the green house has been sketchy at best and…

  • Grow what you Love

    Growing your own fruit and vegetables at home is a fantastic thing. But how do you decide what to grow?   My earliest memories of homegrown food are at my Grandmas and Granda’s house up in Northumberland. They always had one half of their garden dedicated to growing vegetables. On Sundays, all the family would gather there for our traditional Sunday dinner and I would be sent out to the garden to pull up the carrots and snip the mint for my Grandma to make fresh mint sauce. At the bottom of the garden were the gooseberry bushes… I can still remember the sharp tart taste of the berries, so…

  • Garlic Scapes – what are they and what can I do with them?

    Garlic is a fantastic crop to grow. Its one of our kitchen staples and you’d be surprised at just how many different varieties there are out there available for you to grow at home. You don’t need a huge amount of space, you can quite easily grow garlic in pots, so if you have the opportunity to grow your own, you wont be disappointed… especially when you learn of a little culinary treat reserved especially for you… the garlic grower Garlic Scapes These are simply the stalk and flower head that hardneck garlic produces. There are 2 types of garlic to grow: Soft neck and Hard neck The soft neck…

  • At first I was afraid, I was petrified…

    We’ve all been there. Stood at the gates of the allotment plot with a feeling of nervousness swirling round the pit of your stomach wondering what lies in wait for you. Will you be met with a wall of brambles? Will the weeds be higher than you are? If you can get in, will you make it back out?! Ok, that all sounds a little dramatic but I can honestly say I’d been dreading what I’d be facing when I decided to head to the allotment over the Christmas break. I’d been discussing what to do with the allotment with my partner Andy. There  have been big changes in my life…