Charity Seed Giveaway

After going through my stash of seeds this morning, I have far more seeds than I can hope to grow next year. Inspired by Beryl’s excellent ‘Seeds for Samaritans’ last year, I’d like to offer out some of these seeds in return for a donation to Thrive. Thrive is a UK based charity which aims…

What do I want from Large Seed Companies?

At the heart of it, I’m an amateur home gardener with only a limited amount of free time to devote to the immensely satisfying pastime of growing my own fruit and vegetables. With this in mind, I spend a fair amount of time each year carefully selecting which crops and different varieties to grow to…

Ready, Set, Sow!

It’s that wonderful time of year again when seed sowing can begin in earnest and every windowsill in the house is packed with tiny little seedlings. I don’t tend to sow anything before the start of March and so this last week has been a flurry of activity having sowed most of my chillis, tomatoes,…

What I’m Growing in 2017

After many evenings perusing seed catalogues, afternoons excitingly coming home to find glorious envelopes of seeds have arrived in the post and taking part in the brilliant Twitter #SeedCircle16. Here is a lovely list of everything I want to try and grow this year on the allotment and in the greenhouse; Brassicas: Red Cabbage –…

Where to Buy Seeds

Over the past few years, I’ve attempted to compile an ever evolving list of some of the best places to buy exciting and unusual vegetable seeds. However, there are bound to be plenty of amazing sites I’ve missed out. So, if you have a particular favourite then let me know in the comments or on…

Sowing Seeds

It’s been quite a while since I posted an update but as the weather gradually warms up things are starting to take shape in the greenhouse and at the allotment. At the start of the week I finally got around to planting my remaining maincrop potatoes at the allotment. In addition to my usual favorites…

What I’m Growing in 2016

After much planning, perusing and pondering I think that I’ve finally decided on what I’m going to grow for the coming year. Although it might look like a lot, my general approach is always to try a grow a small amount of lots of different varieties. New additions this year include Kiwano, Tomatillos, Edible Dahlias…