Malvern Autumn Show

There is something quintessentially English about a flower and veg show that I doubt you could find anywhere else in the world. I love Malvern Autumn Show as it heralds the start of Autumn, a season I love with its colours ad abundance. The show as so much to offer for everyone with all the…

Malvern Autumn Show – its all about the veg

I have spent today at the Malvern Autumn Show with my eldest son (21) and my niece (7).  It is interesting how visiting these shows with different people gives you a whole different viewpoint.  The Autumn Show used to be very much an agricultural show but this seems to have faded in recent years with…

Dear John…..

Yesterday I read a lovely post on WellyWoman’s blog which was a Love Letter to her allotment written especially for National Allotment Week. WW’s plot is exactly the same size as mine and like  me she  has  had it  for 18 months, there isn’t even that much difference in the amount of rent we pay. …

Lurking in the greenhouse

I seem to have finally got my gardening mojo back – well almost – thanks to some visits to very inspiring gardens.  I don’t think I am alone in struggling to be interested in the  garden this year especially with the damp and cold summer we have had here in the UK.  Today I decided…

The Greenhouse Year – July 2012

  Not much has changed in the greenhouse over the last month.  The light levels and temperatures have been lower than normal and this has held things back.  I have been using the greenhouse to protect many of my succulents and alpines to prevent them getting too water damaged.  However with the temperatures due to…

Courgettes are Go!

Its July down the allotment and despite the rain and low temperatures we have been having it’s not doing too bad.  As you can see the courgettes have started to fruit.  The one above is Courgette Floridor and I have already had 4 fruits off it.  I also have Courgette Clarion and picked the first…

Garden Bloggers Harvest Day – June 2012

I have been doing regular posts on the allotment but I thought it might be interesting to join in with the Garden Bloggers Harvest Day meme hosted by Barbie and Christine. However, despite it being June the cold weather we had recently has slowed everything down and delayed young plants being planted out  so in…

Allotment Year – April 2012

I had a very soggy visit to the allotment yesterday.   It was a case of having to go as I hadn’t visited for just over a week and as I am away next weekend it would be another 7-8 days before I would have another opportunity.  As I have been working so hard at the…

Of Cabbages and well…..

…….cabbages really – not a King to be seen anywhere.  Anyway the point of the title of this post is that I have been a little disgruntled recently, well in fact for about a month, about my cabbages at the allotment. I planted out two beds of cabbages last Autumn.  One bed had January King…

Day 10 in Sproutapouch

I have been tardy in updating on the success of the Sproutapouch, hence the poor photograph for which I apologise. As you can see the seeds have really sprouted.  In fact I think it was day 5 that I came home to discover a bag of green leaves.  They are a little leggy now and…

Day 4 in Sproutapouch

I was quite surprised today to come home and discover that the tiny indications of growth I had witnessed this morning had gone hell for leather and had well and truly sprouted.  This is day 4 of Sproutapouch which I introduced in my last post.  I think it will be a few days yet before…