Month: August 2013

Don’t shake the bottle!

Forgot my phone today, so sadly there are no pictures of the now rather natty looking shed, with its guttering painstakingly re-fitted and the level measured to make sure water flows the right way. That sounds obvious I know, but for the last 10 months one end has been listing […]

New pear tree

Not so much actual plot work done today or yesterday, but I have nearly finished re-painting the shed and putting on all the extra pieces of wood that came with the kit last October. The only trouble being that a) some of them are missing, and b) the instructions are […]

Time flies…

A supposedly quick trip up today turned into more time than I want to admit… Trimmed the grass, evicted 4 frogs from under a rotting wood panel (panel to be […]

Allotment swaps

Allotment swaps this weekend. Michelle’s site is on a seam of flint, is council-run and still very much a start-up . Lots of the plots are not let/worked, which must be a challenge. We reduced the grass paths from foot-high weeds to lawn-like trimness with shears, rescued a pigeon from […]

Of jams and future fennelets

It was a lovely evening for a quick visit up at the plot and a nice breeze to keep away the evil biting things. Checked over the squashes and sweetcorn cobs, squashed slugs and munched on a few tomatoes, beans and cape gooseberries. Most of the tomatoes are still very […]

Aubergine flower!

Woo-hooo! I have an aubergine flower! Just when I was giving up on them too. So back into the cave they went last night, and the cape gooseberries are now outside in my Pot Paradise with my overspill chillies, rhubarb, blackcurrants and lovely, lovely horseradish. A few of the lemon […]

Progress report

Much cooler at the allotments this week. The tomatoes are starting to go orange finally but the 100s&1000s are very thick skinned. I’ve had to evict the aubergines from the culticave – no room at the inn for them now the chillies are rocketing up. (though I might stick them back […]


This morning was supposed to be easy – a quick run to get decking and essential shed supplies. But I had forgotten about the FATBERG! Stuck in crawling traffic for over an hour, with a crash on the A3 to stop me going the other way. So allotment time was […]