Sprouting Broccoli Growing Guide

Sprouting broccoli, Brassica oleracea var. italica, is an expensive to buy vegetable, known for its high levels of vitamins and anti-cancer agents. It is relatively easy to grow, though does have quite a…

broad beans harvested

Broad Bean Growing Guide

Broad beans, Vicia faba, are a popular crop with vegetable gardeners as the young beans are particularly sweet. Sow in the autumn to harvest from May or sow late winter/early spring for summer…

broad bean harvest

Broad Beans – Surprisingly Healthy Vegetable!

We all grow broad beans, or fava beans as our American cousins refer to them as. They are a popular crop across the world and many gardeners, myself included, grow them because they…

Covered raised beds

November – What To Do In The Vegetable Garden

It is now getting quieter at the allotment as the harvest draws to a close and the days shorten, making it harder for many people to get time to work on their allotment….

Home Grown Apples

October – What To Do In The Vegetable Garden

In October, the allotment gets quieter, though you can find plenty to do. Sowing will be slowing down, but there is still lots of harvest and eat. Many of your plants will not…

Broad beans grown at home

August – What To Do In The Vegetable Garden

The vegetable garden quietens down a little in August, surprisingly enough, giving you a bit of time to enjoy the weather and the fruits of your labour. Your main jobs will still be…

Courgette flowers

July – What To Do In The Vegetable Garden

July is another busy month in the vegetable garden. Planting will be slowing down, but harvesting is going to be occupying a lot of your time. Weeding and watering will be another time…

home grown carrots

June – What To Do In The Vegetable Garden

June is all hands to the pump as it is one of the busiest months in the vegetable garden. The risk of frost has passed now for almost everyone, so all those tender…

seedlings grown at home

May – What To Do In The Vegetable Garden

May is a busy month in the vegetable garden. The days are getting longer, the weather warming and the risk of frost in most areas diminishing to close to zero. Many seedlings started…

pumpkin pie

Pumpkin Pie Recipe

When growing pumpkins you often end up with a glut of them at which point you are left wondering what on earth you are going to do with all those pumpkins. Of course,…

April – What To Do In The Vegetable Garden

April is a fun time in the allotment or vegetable garden. Things are starting to grow, but not just the things you want … the weeds start to grow including the dreaded mares…

Building Raised Beds

Allotments and the Corona Virus

With all the worry about Covid-19, we all need to be careful. There is no reason you cannot go to your allotment during this time and plant, but you do need to take…

Bee landing on dandelion

Early Season Food For Bees

As spring comes, so bees, and other pollinators, wake up from hibernation and emerge looking for food. At this time of year, food can be scarce for them, particularly if an unseasonably warm…

sowing leeks

March – What To Do In The Vegetable Garden

March is when it all starts to get busy in the vegetable garden as, hopefully, spring is on its way and the weather is warming. However, for many of us, March now means…

February – What To Do In The Vegetable Garden

Feburary is usually a cold month for us, with many in more northerly climates will still have snow on the ground and frosts are still common. This is a month where you really…

fruit harvesting in September

September – What To Do In The Vegetable Garden

September generally sees work on the allotment calming down a little. The weather will start to become cooler and the days shorten. There will be less to harvest and plant, giving you more…

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