Christmas Gifts for Gardeners

It’s that time of year again, when you’re looking for Christmas gifts for gardeners but your local garden centre is packed full of dyed orchids, glitter sprayed succulents and other such abominations. There’s a mountain of seed catalogues through the post packed with offers but they’re all filled with superlative descriptions of twenty new varieties…

Five Easy to Grow Unusual Edibles

As far as growing your own fruit and vegetables is concerned, variety is truly the spice of life! The great freedom of having any space at all in which to grow your own food is that you are completely free to grow anything that you please. Outside of the usual supermarket staples, there are countless…

How to Grow Achocha

I absolutely adore peppers and they feature in plenty of our regular homecooked meals however I’ve never really had that much success growing them myself. They need a long growing season, plenty of heat and they take up all too precious space in the greenhouse. On the other hand; Achocha is astoundingly easy to grow,…

How to Grow Shark Fin Melon

I’m always sceptical when any crop or variety is described as either rampant, vigorous¬†or massively productive¬†as these terms are all too often overused in certain seed catalogues. However, Sharks Fin Melon is without a doubt the most rampant, vigorous and productive crop that I have ever grown! What is it? Shark Fin Melon (Cucurbita Ficifolia)…

How to Grow Cucamelons

Before I start, I am acutely aware that I am somewhat behind the times (or perhaps fashionably late!) in trying to grow Cucamelons. What was once a novelty fruit popularised by James Wong now seems to be available from all of the major seed companies. Although it’s the first year that I’ve been able to…

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…

How to Grow Kiwano

Before I start planning for next year, I want to first do a quick summary of some of the more exciting and unusual crops that I’ve grown this year. As possibly the weirdest, I’m going to start with alien space eggs or Kiwano. What is it? Kiwano (Cucumis Metuliferus) is known by a variety of…

Cucumber – Mandurian Round

My main aim for starting this blog was to keep a record of all the new things I’ve tried to grow each year in my allotment and greenhouse. So I thought I’d start with one of new varieties I’ve tried in my greenhouse this year; Cucumber – Mandurian Round. Possibly the most striking thing about…