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…

Planting Out Cucurbits

I’m pleased to say that my allotment is starting to look very much like an allotment once again! After spending the last few  months dormant and covered in black plastic sheeting, the majority of the vegetable beds are now filled with thriving young plants and future harvests. After a few days of leaving them outside…

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…

Best of 2015.

It’s been an absolutely great year in the greenhouse and on the allotment plot. As I’ve said many times before; there isn’t anything more satisfying than growing your own food. Particular highlights have been growing Yacon and Achocha for the first time and trialling new Oca varieties as part of the Guild of Oca Breeders….

French Beams – Blauhilde

There are plenty of good reasons why it’s always worth trying out new and different varieties of even the most traditional of allotment staples. Different varieties can produce exciting variations in taste, productivity, disease tolerance, suitability to your soil, size, texture and much more. However, for the Blauhilde variety of climbing french beans it’s all…

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…