I had an encounter with the local wildlife on the weekend: a wasp stung me on my lip. It was not a particularly nice experience. I blame the cinnamon bun. … Continue reading The wasp and the sticky bun
Another Sunday of weeding at the plot has come and gone. It’s amazing how much the plot changes from winter to summer. This was the plot back in April. Here … Continue reading Bees in the artichoke
The UK seems to be finally catching up to Germany in terms of testing capacity, albeit a couple of months late. I’m not 100% sure why it has taken so … Continue reading Testing capacity in the UK and cruciferous vegetables
I harvested lots of green leafy veg at the allotment today. I’ve remembered what the cauliflower-looking plant is. It’s a perennial broccoli that I planted last summer called Brassica Oleracea … Continue reading Perennial vegetables
We had a nice afternoon at the allotment today planting some tatties and spreading lovely soil from the compost heap over the garden beds. There’s something very satisfying about getting … Continue reading Let the battle begin
I went to my allotment today having not been there for a few weeks. I picked some leeks and parsnips for Christmas dinner but my leeks are looking a bit … Continue reading Wonky parsnips and the winter solstice
I’ve been so busy this month with cycling-related activities that I’ve neglected my plot. However I managed to get out there today and brought home more courgettes and tomatoes than … Continue reading Courgettes and tomatoes
This is what I picked from my allotment yesterday. There is more I could have picked but didn’t, like kale, swiss chard, spinach, beetroot, and potatoes. The tomatoes are some … Continue reading The weekly yield
I can only get to the allotment once per week but it changes so much with each visit. My courgettes are cropping in abundance. I’m not sure what to do … Continue reading Bees and toads
I’ve been struggling with the slugs at the allotment this year. Most of the seedlings I’ve planted have completely vanished, presumably eaten by slugs. Last month I applied nematodes to … Continue reading The interminable battle with slugs and weeds
The local school was selling fruit trees for fund-raising and I bought a pear tree. They were meant to be dwarf/patio varieties which appealed to me because although I have … Continue reading A pear tree in a whisky barrel
This week I was offered a larger plot at the allotments: a half size plot. Mine is a microplot and they’re meant to be only temporary. Microplots are 50m2 while … Continue reading I’ve been upgraded!
In keeping with my earlier proclamation about not giving a rat’s arse about what anyone else thinks, behold the uninhibited Rachel looking like a dork and wearing pyjamas. I ate … Continue reading Is this a scene from a horror film?
I was horrified last week when one of the other plotters at the allotments told me the growing season is almost over. We really haven’t got very much food from … Continue reading A harvest of four carrots
I ordered some fruit and veg boxes from The Organic Delivery Company and so far I’m impressed. The company is based in London but my order still arrived the very … Continue reading Fruit and veg boxes
I spent several hours at the allotment this morning. Our plot still needs a lot of work but when I compare the now photo with the before photo I realise … Continue reading Our allotment two months later
It’s a lovely drizzly day today. I cycled to Newton Dee thinking I’d have the bike path all to myself but there were lots of people there – dog walkers, … Continue reading Inside my greenhouse
About a year ago I applied for an allotment and just this week got the call to say there’s one available. Allotments are a very British thing. They have been … Continue reading We’ve got an allotment!
Recently one of the dads at school was telling me how he’d played professional rugby as a teenager. He said he got to play against some really great players and then … Continue reading Not a true Australian
On three separate occasions in the past month, pedestrians have called out to me asking for an ice-cream as I cycle by. Does Harald look like an ice-cream bike? Harald: Pashley … Continue reading Ice-cream or kale, anyone?