When everyone was panic-buying in March I saw some stinging nettle springing up in our backyard and decided to leave it there rather than weed it out. Stinging nettle is a highly nutritious food. It has anticarcinogenic, anti-inflammatory, and antioxidant properties as well as being high in calcium and iron. How do you eat it… Continue reading Eating weeds
Let the battle begin
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 your hands stuck into a heap of compost and spreading it around. The kids were initially very bored and complaining until Ben suggested they plant… Continue reading Let the battle begin
Why I dislike weed matting
I dislike weed matting and here's why. The following photo is one I took at my allotment on the weekend. As you can see, a previous plot holder as put down weed matting at some point and then placed stones on top. I'm sure the weed matting held back the weeds initially but eventually they… Continue reading Why I dislike weed matting
The interminable battle with slugs and weeds
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 the soil and put out a heap of beer traps. There seem to be fewer slugs now and although I'd like to take the credit… Continue reading The interminable battle with slugs and weeds
View from the cycle path
It has been a while since I've posted a pic of the view from the cycle path but it's time to make amends because the colours were so pretty on my ride this morning. There's a lovely patchy blue/grey sky today and the landscape is full of autumn colours. I was at my plot this… Continue reading View from the cycle path
Cauliflower cheese without cheese
I'm not that into cooking however I like eating and I know I need to eat more fresh vegetables and fewer processed vegan meals. Last night I made a vegan version of cauliflower cheese that tasted wonderful and was very easy to make so I thought I'd share it. Someone at the allotments gave me… Continue reading Cauliflower cheese without cheese
Can I outwit a slug?
I've been planting lots of seeds over the past month or so and they germinate and start to grow. But then something comes along, probably a slug, and demolishes it in one go. They don't eat the weeds. Oh no. They leave the weeds and eat the thing I want. I'm not going to be… Continue reading Can I outwit a slug?