On the 16th February I had the pleasure of the attending the Garden Press Event in London, self quoted as 'the only event of its kind aimed specifically for the industry to showcase the latest products and stories exclusively to the key names in the garden & home press and media'. What an event Guy Burtenshaw … Continue reading Garden Press Event 2017
In the Summer of 2015, I was growing vegetables in a few containers eagerly waiting for a email to arrive offering me an allotment. Enthusiastically sowing seeds and a few cheeky plug plants in the hope of my first grow your own success. I was hooked instantly and fell head over heels in love with nature's … Continue reading Enabling GYO success – Pippa Greenwood
I live and breathe for the passion of growing your own and inspiring all ages in particular the younger generation to just give it a go. It's not just about the end result of that delicious juicy tomato or crunchy vibrant quirky purple carrot, it's the mind set it creates and installs in you. There is so many … Continue reading From me to you…the younger generation.
Buttered broad beans with bacon as a side dish or on a toasted slice of ciabatta certainly gets me excited for early Summer. Accompanied by a glass of homemade broad bean wine too of course. Yes, you can make wine from beans if you didn't know, it's lethal but pretty damn tasty! I will share one … Continue reading Broad Beans – Made Simple
It's midway through February and I have just about got through all the allotment activities I listed for January. What a busy month it has been so far, the year seems to be flying by already. On Thursday, I had the pleasure of attending the Garden Press Event in London, which was truly incredible, so … Continue reading To Do List – February
It's that time of year again for a good 'chit' chat about spuds! How do you like your potatoes? I particularly love mine mashed with a dollop of butter or roasted until crispy on the outside but soft and fluffy on the inside. Yesterday I spent my lunch break down at my local market seed potato shopping, its … Continue reading A peeling potato talk
We were all starting to think that 2017 had to be a better year than 2016 but then disaster struck.....the 19th January 2017, the day #CourgetteCrisis trended on Twitter. Seriously?! Are we spiralising out of control already? BBC, The Guardian, The Telegraph and the Daily Mail all reporting on the catastrophe. Shoppers in their droves in uproar … Continue reading Lost the plot: Courgette Crisis
Everyone has their own 'right way' of doing things when it comes to gardening and allotments. I have seen this cause debate a number of times, no-dig vs dig, when to sow, spacing between seeds, the list is endless. I recently met a lady who has plot near mine for the first time. The first thing she said … Continue reading Do it your ‘right way’
Temperatures are consistently low and frost is before us when we awake. The excitement of Spring is kicking in though; snowdrops are peaking through the soil and there is plenty we can be doing in our gardens and allotments to prepare for the gardening year ahead. I don't call them jobs like they are so often as they shouldn't … Continue reading To Do List – January
Shortly before the New Year arrived, severe fog and frost turned the allotment site into a stunning yet haunting and eerie vision. Not a soul was brave enough to venture into the -1 temperatures, many still tucked up tightly in bed I am sure. I on the other hand had other ideas, my dad would be arriving early … Continue reading Winter Frostings
2016 is nearly coming to an end and what a year it has been. It certainly has been full of surprises in every way. I feel I have had a very successful first full year at No.27, trug loads of delicious crops, amazing opportunities and so many wonderful new friends. I hope the year also bought … Continue reading Holiday Wishes from No.27
I am very excited to announce that I am teaming up with Groseeds, 'the seed company who gives back' to giveaway over £100 worth of seeds! Groseeds is a small, young company based in N Wales with a mission to impact lives by inspiring people to engage with the natural world through gardening and in doing … Continue reading Christmas Giveaway – £105 worth of seeds!
Are you stuck what to get the Gardener or 'Allotmenteer' in your life for Christmas? You have started making your way through your advent calendar and your suddenly thinking it's not long until Santa comes down the chimney scoffing as many mince pies as he can in one evening, panic sets in! Well look no further, … Continue reading Gifts & Stocking fillers for Gardening Lovers
Last Saturday I headed away from sunny Oxfordshire and No.27 to East Sussex for a mini break away. We checked in at our stunning B&B, Oakdown Court in Burwash Common and settled down for the night after a meal at the local pub, The Wheel Inn. I awoke early and headed downstairs for a delicious … Continue reading Monty Don – Dreams do come true
Well Storm Angus certainly arrived overnight and left behind a grey soggy Sunday. The first Sunday in a while with nothing planned, drew back the curtains and knew instantly it was going to be an indoor kind of day. I find these days have their benefits though, a chance to visit new local places and … Continue reading Soggy Sunday Autumn Soup