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…

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). 🙂

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…

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…

Crocuses

The Crocuses in the garden have been poking through the soil since mid January, and now they’re already beginning to bloom. Although this seems rather early, the sunny yellow flowers are a such a welcome sight and make us think (perhaps prematurely) of the next season. Elsewhere in the garden, the daffodils are also getting…

10 Lessons Learnt

As our first year on the allotment comes to an end, here at Rookie Towers we’ve been contemplating the lessons we’ve learnt during 2013, and what we might do differently (and better !) next year.  Here are our top 10 Do’s and Don’t for novice allotmenteers – if only we’d known this stuff 12 months…

New Year, New Life

This weekend we had our first trip to the allotment of 2014.  A combination of high days and holidays, work and weather had kept us away for several weeks, but it felt good to spend time in each others company again. The purpose of our visit (as well as the harvesting of some Carrots, Parsnips,…

Late Autumn Harvest

Despite being slightly neglected of late, our plot continues to provide us with a great harvest – currently making it to the plate are Kale, Cabbage, Carrots, Parsnips, Spinach Beet and New Zealand Yams.  We grew New Zealand Yams for the first time this year, and digging them up and seeing the multi coloured gems…

Seeds Glorious Seeds

With less to do on the plot this Autumn, and a small hiatus in between harvesting the summer and winter crops, Mr O and I have been salivating over a different kind of comforting annual feast – the seed catalogue !  In these suddenly shorter, darker, wetter days it’s hard not to think of think…

Seed Saving

I love Autumn – golden leaves on the trees, foraging for berries, preserving and pickling and cozying up to watch ‘Downton Abbey’.  I have to admit though, I have found our first Autumn on the allotment rather sad.  After a summer of sunshine, beauty and abundance on the plot, things are now, well, dying !…