The Chickens and The Egg

Today was a milestone in my little world of allotment chicken keeping. We’ve gone full circle, my girls and I – from egg to egg.

 

Regular readers of this blog may remember that when Itchy, the last of my ex-battery hens, started looking a bit peaky back in the spring, it coincided with a very determined spell of broodiness from Marian, my gorgeous Black Rock. So, doing the maths (one about …Read More

Frost Leaves Garden

For the love of… frost?

I missed it. Dahlias frazzled and a thick layer of ice in the water butts were the only clues as I wrenched myself out of the house and hurried to the allotment into the watery light of a hazy November Sunday afternoon. Jack Frost had well and truly paid a visit.
Despite the devastation, I was glad. Why? Well, frost is very useful to us gardeners, for a number of reasons. …Read More

Garlic

Glorious garlic

Trapped inside by inclement weather and my own laziness (OK it was hardly even raining, but I did feel very lazy), I turned to the freezer and cupboards for inspiration one dark November night.

Pasta and pesto? Again? Lovely in Italy, but frankly a bit boring in dark old Peterborough when it’s packet pasta and pesto from a jar. Luckily, homegrown veg came to the rescue. Faced with a glut of …Read More

Bat - Bats in the garden

Going Batty!

Confession time. I’m a bit batty. Take that as you will but I’m talking a deep admiration for small furry flying mammals, the mere thought of which makes some people want to scream.
Our native bats are a cute bunch, 18 species of what are called ‘microbats’ (as opposed to the largely tropical, technical-sounding ‘megabats’ – I kid you not). Microbats are smaller, and eat only insects, whereas some megabats also …Read More

Underground Rainbow Bakker Bulbs

The Underground Rainbow

The people have spoken! The votes have been counted for Bakker Spalding’s online poll on which varieties should be included in their new, exclusive rainbow bulb collection. Thousands upon thousands of you voted and it’s clear that this year, everyone’s dotty about tulips! So, who are the winners, and how can you get the best from them in your garden? 

 RED: Tulip ‘Case Grande’ Wow! What a start to the rainbow. This …Read More

Lily Garden - Standing Proud

Lily Garden

Did you know that the lily symbolises the 30th wedding anniversary, meaning devotion? So if any of you gardeners are looking forward to celebrating your 30th wedding anniversary next summer why don’t you start planning now by ordering some lily bulbs and then next year you can present your other half with a bouquet of lovingly home grown lilies? How romantic is that?
This year I have grown several different varieties …Read More

3-Squashes-covering-the-cardboard-930x619

Lunch with Gareth

I hadn’t been to Gareth’s allotment before, it really is like no other! So many wild flowers with an abundance of buzzy wildlife busying themselves around it. Fabulous veg growing in an array of super colours, it truly is a feast for the senses.
Gareth showed us around his idyllic plot delving into green houses and rows of neat veg asking us to taste different morsels to see what we might …Read More

How to tame a Robin - Birds - Bakker Holland

Robin Redbreast

A robin is always such a welcome sight during the festive season. Not only do they add a splash of colour to the garden, they also bring song. I would like to share a poem with you, this is my favourite poem for this time of year.
Enjoy….
Rachel

Robin Redbreast
by William Allinghamn (1800′s)
Goodbye, goodbye to Summer!
For Summer’s nearly done;
The garden smiling faintly,
Cool breezes in the sun;
Our Thrushes now are silent,
Our Swallows flown away-
But …Read More

Venus Flytrap 93891-00-BAKI

The voices of experience, part 3…

On our third and final part of this blog we arrive at the chilly warehouse, where we meet Graham, our warehouse manager. Graham enjoys looking after house plants. At the moment his particular passion is for the carnivorous variety…. The venus flytrap.
Grahams tip’s for healthy indoor plant’s are to use rain water sparingly and frequently also to keep them in a well-ventilated room.

When I think of a Venus Fly Trap I …Read More

Paperwhite Close-up

Look to the future now…

Back in the summer, a friend of mine served me some delicious pink elderflower cordial. When I asked what she’d put in it, she replied “nothing – it’s from my red elder!” I could scarcely believe my eyes until she showed me a beautiful shrub in her garden, 6ft tall and covered in rich purply-red leaves. I put the red-leafed elderberry on my wish list and promptly forgot about it.
Digging …Read More