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,…

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…

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…

Rookie Rhubarb & Ginger Jam

I’ve been trying to figure out what to do with our allotment grown Rhubarb for the last few weeks, as Mr O can’t eat the stuff.  I settled on jam, as I figured I could eat this at my leisure, or give it away if it turned out, well, like jam.  After doing a bit…