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,…

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…

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…

Moving into Autumn

Work on the allotment has changed in focus during the last week or so, and now – as our fellow allotmenteers – we are emptying beds, filling up the compost heap and adding to the growing ‘burn’ pile as crops come to the end of their productive life.  As we mainly have raised beds on…

Pickled Shallots

This week we also pickled our shallots, which have been drying in the allotment shed since harvest.  My first attempt at lemon-laced Blackberry Crumble may have made a grown man wince a few weeks ago, but pickling onions this week made a grown man cry.  No pain, no gain !  This is what we did….