• 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…

  • 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…