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….

Peas Glorious Peas

There have been a lot of firsts on the plot this week, most notably for our first Pea harvest, which was much anticipated.  We have three Pea beds (planted at intervals to hopefully ensure a steady supply through the summer !), and we took about half the Peas from the largest bed.  Unfortunately about a…

The Fruits of Our Labour

  As well as Strawberries, the other fruits on our allotment are beginning to swell, with the Gooseberries, Raspberries and Apples not far behind.  Our Gooseberries are well netted to keep the birds off, and now the Raspberries are starting to fruit (despite supposedly being an Autumn variety), they will need netting too.  We’ve had…

Dung Dilemma

This week on the plot we’ve been experiencing a rookie dilemma. Every now and then, a large pile of fresh horse manure is deposited at the gates of the allotments, for communal use in our plots. Not particularly au fait with the how’s and where’s of horse poo, we took a look around the other…