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Developing and managing a family allotment as an effective kitchen garden..

February is a month that both excites and frustrates me as a gardener. Daylight is reaching a crucial number of hours this month, some ..read more

The garden is quiet. In my mind’s eye, January is a dark, wet and bare month. However, I have learned that when you look or when you ..read more

In 2007 I wanted to grow vegetables for the first time but had nothing more than a concrete square for a garden. I know this is a common ..read more

It’s the end of the school summer holidays. Having an allotment is not just about growing food. It’s certainly a place to occupy ..read more

The memory of last July is seared into my mind. Recalled through a painful cringe. The UK heatwave of 2018 was officially declared on 22 ..read more

I haven’t always been a gardener. My good friend Andrew O’Brien recently invited me for a brief chat on the latest episode of his ..read more

It’s May. The month us gardeners seem to pin our hope’s on. The last frosts (for me anyway) the warmer temperature. The sunny days and ..read more

I have a terrible memory. One of the frustratingly common examples of this happens when I walk into the supermarket and forget the reasons ..read more

Despite my efforts to focus on sustainability when it comes to allotment gardening and within my broader life, I am not proud of the fact ..read more

I love chillies. Some people think chillies are simply about heat but they have such a variety of fantastic flavour too. It’s the ..read more

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