It’s that time of year! Sweetcorn!!!

We like to grow a few varieties with different colours and always mess up the spacing so they cross pollinate anyway!  We’ve even had some of our seeds affect the cobs on the plot diagonally from us, so you need more than 3m clearance to be safe!  In the mean time, we introduce our “Earlibird”,…

Dreams of our woodland…

The expression “from little acorns, mighty oaks grow” is apt for this blog today! Hubby and I are passionate about many topics, one of which is food, another gardening as you already know, but also we hope, desire and dream of starting to grow a woodland somewhere that’s been deforested and is now being naturalised…

Chokeberry, time to pot on already!

We bought these 2 little chokeberry (Aronia) bushes back in April, having done a little research into how beneficial their berries are and what awesome jam they make!  Long term investment growing anything fruiting, but we were hopeful they’d be quicker to get to harvest than the blueberries!!! (5 years and counting, they are slow…

So many veggies and fruits growing well!

Quick trawl of the garden tonight is showing lots of promise for some good harvests to come.  So far the broad beans are flowering like mad, being visited by lots of pollinators and currently are not being attacked by aphids.  It’s time to start checking them daily for that problem though! The early peas have…

Fruits are on their way!

We’ve lost most of our strawberry plants through the harder winter, but everything else is growing with extreme gusto!  Love it! We have erected some netting around the blueberries to protect them from the voracious pigeons and that seems to be working.  They are swelling well and I’d expect them to start changing colour in…

Hectic gardening times! Loving it!

There’s so much work to be done at the moment both in the garden and the allotment, that most of the time we’re not getting the time to update the blog. Rest assured gardening work is still going on!  We’ve started training the flowering thornless blackberry vines along the fencing and as you can see…

Seedlings, poly-tunnel excitement!

The runner beans (as featured) have just started showing today, yippee!  We are growing 2 varieties, Scarlet Emperor and Firestorm, we’ve grown them both successfully before and enjoy their flavour.  I’ve also got a string-less variety to try, but as yet have not planted any, I’m going to see what space we have left at…

The joys of spring

I’ve had a cold for the last few days, so I’ve not been out and about as much as I’d like to have been!  I did get the chance to explore the changes in the back garden today and it’s given me hope to see some new life at the allotment as well! Above is…

Garden developments & cherry blossom!!

Woohoo! Finally our cherry tree flowers have started opening up, they look glorious!  The tree will be covered in open flowers for the next few days, I love taking pictures of it all!  This year we hope to deter the local pigeons from eating them all by hanging shiny things in the tree that get…

Allotment love and human kindness!

As I arrived at the allotment today, I was greeted by a fellow member who had taken over a plot which a large patch of rhubarb already established.  They didn’t want all of it so offered me the option of taking a crown or two!  What an amazing start to the day?!  (Keep reading though…