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…

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…

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…

Growing a Giant!

Like most people, I’m always proud and perhaps even slightly smug when I harvest my carrots and find a particularly large specimen or even if by pure luck I have a single leek that actually has a reasonable thickness. However, I’ve never really had any interest in specifically growing giant vegetables. That is, until I…

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…

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…