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
Wow! It has been a year since I started my allotment journey and began Life at No.27. What a year it has been and one of the best decisions I ever made! I still remember the first day I visited the plot so vividly, I was so excited. The plot was over grown and full of … Continue reading Happy 1st Birthday No.27!
11 days and counting until my allotment 1 year anniversary! How does one celebrate? Do I buy No.27 a card and a prezzie? If yes, what present do I get...a plant, a new tool? Is this an excuse for some balloons and a cheeky glass of champagne on the plot? Please say yes! If its nearly … Continue reading A good dose of deliciousness!
After plenty of thunder and rain yesterday, what a beautiful day we have had here in Oxfordshire. Glorious sunshine with a slight chill in the air, my perfect type of weather and one of the many reasons I love Autumn. As long as I remember Autumn has been my favourite season of the year, filled with … Continue reading Conkers and Pumpkins
What a weekend I have just had; my determination and passion for No.27 is as strong as ever. So much so, that in between working today, I did an hour digging when the sun came up, an hour at lunch, then an hour after work. If only I could do this very day! This morning … Continue reading Allotment Passion on overdrive…
Minus a few showers, what a beautiful sunny long weekend we had. In fact, the sun was out in true Summer style the whole week, like it should be. Which meant plenty of trips to the water trough and water can weight lifting to stop everything withering away. The week started by harvesting some more delicious 'Gardener Delight' tomatoes and 'St George' runner … Continue reading Bank Holiday Sunshine