Give us a clue

Found this on the plot today.  Friend or foe – not sure – but very intriguing … can anyone give us a clue ?

Very Inspiring Blog Award

A couple of weeks ago the lovely Squooze at ‘Happiness is Playing in the Garden’ (http://squooze.wordpress.com/) nominated us for a ‘Very Inspiring Blogger Award’ – thank you Squooze (judging by her tasty looking weekday recipes a very inspirational wife-to-be !) 🙂 The rules of the award are that as a nominee you should – Thank…

Guilty Allotmenteers

The last few weeks have been so busy that our rookie allotment has been left to its own devices, leaving us with two emotions – frustration and guilt.  The sound of the weeds growing and the courgettes swelling has almost been audible from our house, where we have been, preoccupied with other things. Aside from…

Plot Gratitude

Now that we are well into our second year as allotmenteers, I can’t help but notice a smidgen of complacency has crept onto our plot.  Last year – our first growing year – was filled with an almost childlike and perhaps slightly over enthusiastic sense of awe and wonder at our aptitude as growing, well,…

Sowing, Potting, Planting, Weeding !

The first week of June brings with it a rhythmic list of never ending jobs to do on the allotment – sowing, potting, planting, weeding (and repeat).  On our windowsills and in our greenhouses, the sowing continues (Padron Chilli Peppers, Sweet Peppers, Geranium Psilostemon, Cucamelon, Gherkin) and we are still checking (what seems like) hourly…

All Creatures Cute & Small

‘Agghhh !  It’s a Lizard !’ ‘… Oh no, actually, it’s a Newt.’ (Heard on a potting bench in Warwickshire). 🙂

Into the Unknown

Sometimes on the allotment – for us rookies especially – it’s difficult to tell who is friend and what is foe.  This was true this week, when giving the plot a thorough weeding, mowing and trimming, we came across several visitors we weren’t sure if to admire or to send packing ! The first two…

We’ve Grown a Greenhouse !

Over the last few weeks we’ve been experiencing a growth spurt on the allotment – aside from tray upon tray of burgeoning seedlings, we’ve also been growing some less edible, more practical, features on the plot. First to appear was our kindly donated and much awaited greenhouse, which was slow to take root, but which…

Borage Bother

The Borage on our plot has been a Rookie success so far, but this week we noticed a spot of Borage bother.  While the characteristically brilliant blue flowers are in bloom, the leaves of the plant have gone a decidedly unhealthy looking dusty white.  A bit of research has shown that this is likely to…

All Change

The last couple of weeks have been all about change on the allotment, as we start the planned expansion of our plot onto new ground.  Around a third of our plot has previously been covered in black plastic, and filled with Mr O’s ‘finds’ to put put to good future use.  Now however, a greenhouse…

Simple April Blessings

A short post this week, but just enough time to count our blessings. The sight of purple Crocuses, opening in the sunshine. The touch of the first butterflies, dancing through the air. The smell of freshly picked Rhubarb, destined for a crumble. The taste of Purple Sprouting Broccoli, a surprise and a treat ! What…

The Rookies Return

‘It was one of those March days when the sun shines hot and the wind blows cold : when it is summer in the light, and winter in the shade.’  (Charles Dickens) Like hibernating Dormice, we Rookie Allotmenteers awoke from our slumber this month, and made tentative steps back onto the allotment (albeit a little…