No Honey for Humans (and Trying to Make a Home for Nature)

We have bee hives on the allotments again. The original ones were removed last spring as the beekeeper frequently made the bees angry and often tended them during the busiest times of the day. It all came to a head one fateful day in April 2017 when the unhappy bees stung a number of people, … More No Honey for Humans (and Trying to Make a Home for Nature)

Preparing for the Bunny Uprising, and Other News from the Plot

Rabbit proofing is a never-ending battle, and one that we’re trying to keep up with as the rabbits outsmart us at every turn, but, and I mean-B-U-T- (that’s a tentative, and yet a big ‘but’), we think we’ve stopped them for the moment. We haven’t had an incursion for a few weeks. I know this … More Preparing for the Bunny Uprising, and Other News from the Plot

Allotment Plans 2018

I started keeping an allotment journal after reading Richard Chivers’ post on the subject last year and it’s been an invaluable tool, so this year I’ve gone a step further and also made an allotment plan and spreadsheet. The plan and spreadsheet’s main purpose is to keep me on top of planting and sowing times, and … More Allotment Plans 2018

Allotment Reading

We have both had flu for the last couple of weeks and it has prevented us from doing any work on the allotment. It has, however, given me the opportunity to pull the rocking chair close to the stove and delve into a few gardening and allotment books. Three of these were Yule gifts, and … More Allotment Reading

Building a Pallet Shed, and Other News from the Plot

We have been collecting pallets since April with the goal of eventually turning them into a shed and, as you can see from the featured image, we are nearly there. Our family worked enthusiastically and tirelessly (and without being put under any duress) to build our shed over a very cold weekend at the beginning of … More Building a Pallet Shed, and Other News from the Plot

Food Charity

There’s a few things I’ve learned about gardeners since we’ve had a plot. They’re unbelievably generous with their time, knowledge, seeds, plants and produce, and they’re not keen on waste of any kind. We’ve experienced this generosity ourselves as at least three of our beds are planted solely from gifts and surplus from other gardeners. … More Food Charity

Brassicas, a Heatwave and a Summer Solstice Photo Tour of the Plot

I finished digging and planting the second brassica bed before the heatwave hit. We now have a little row of Savoy January King 3 cabbages and a row of All Year Round cauliflowers. They’re hiding in netted tunnels away from the prying eyes of rabbits. I had plenty of seedlings left over so planted 2 cabbages and a … More Brassicas, a Heatwave and a Summer Solstice Photo Tour of the Plot

The Rabbit Saga Continues, and Other News from the Plot

Gardening has become secondary to rabbit proofing in the last month. In my last post I mentioned that the Jerusalem artichokes were thankfully too tall and too well established for the rabbits to eat. Oh, how I was wrong. From two rows like this: To this: We weren’t really in a position to complain as … More The Rabbit Saga Continues, and Other News from the Plot

Fire, Frost, Angry Bees and Other News from the Plot

Allotment groups on Facebook this morning were full of photos of frost damaged plants with comments like ‘…and this was inside my greenhouse under three layers of cardboard and some garden fleece.’ This made me nervous about what we’d find when we visited our plot. I tried to reason with myself that all the frost … More Fire, Frost, Angry Bees and Other News from the Plot

Taking Shape

It’s been three weeks since we started work on the plot, and dare I say it, it’s beginning to look a little like an allotment. The Russian comfrey has bedded in nicely. And we’ve also started work on a third bed. Digging the path seemed an endless job and I ran out of weed suppressant … More Taking Shape