Cleaning out the Greenhouse: From Unloved to Loved… Tadah!

I haven’t been able to access the greenhouse that is in my plot as the previous plot holder’s had his tomatoes growing in there but they’ve now gone so today was the day that I got to grips with clearing and making it home. This is what I walked in to this morning. It’s the…

Turnips and composting

Here is my turnip patch. I think it’s doing well as it’s growing. Some of the turnips near the netting are being nibbled so I’ve tightened up Fort Netting and will spray every evening with the garlic while I cross my fingers. I also notice that the left is doing much better than the right…

Sorting through the Rubbish

My plot hasn’t been handed to me in the best of conditions. The random strawberry in that pile is now nestled in it’s new bed. I found  a pavement and I’m bizzarely very happy about it. I thought it was a grass path next to the bench, but no, under the earth was a bit…

Children Helping on the Plot

My girls are 12 and 9. My eldest has to be coaxed into being anywhere near mud or greenery while my youngest is a keen gardener wanting to go to agricultural collage when she’s older. They both found jobs they would like to do on the plot this week:

Recycling: Plastic Milk Bottles as Plant Labels

I’ve found that milk bottles make pretty good plant labels. I used scissors, a plastic milk bottle and marker pen I’ve fashioned a label tray too. Unfortunately, at present, they aren’t reusable as pencil won’t write on the plastic. I’m using a Sharpie pen but I will be looking in the kitchen cupboards in the…

Slug and Snail Repellent: Trying Garlic

The first thing that was said to me as I picked up my fork was that I would need slug and snail pellets. I want to be an environmentally friendly gardener so set about on some research on how to repel the garden vampire naturally. Vampire? Garlic! Slugs and snails have a vampire-like aversion to…

The Beginning

Life has dealt me a few twists and turns over the years but I’m now settled and nestled in our home on a blustery North Eastern English hill. A couple of weeks ago I was given the go-ahead to begin clearing quite a scruffy and unloved small allotment plot sited at the back of our…