Top 7 foolproof allotment plants

It’s National Allotment Week! From 13th to 19th August, the National Society of Allotment and Leisure Gardeners will encourage allotments to open their gates, allowing more people to get involved in the wonderful world of growing-your-own. To celebrate, Kirsty of My Little Allotment is sharing her top seven foolproof allotment plants with us. Kirsty started…

Grow your own herbal teas in the kitchen

If you’re a coffee fiend like me, you may find that you get carried away with the brown stuff, and find yourself sitting bolt upright in a caffeine-crazed trance by noon. Avoid that, and an over-enthusiastic and less than healthy heart-rate, by opting for herbal tea instead! However, I’m not suggesting you fool around with tea…

Watch me grow

When you have children, teaching them to grow their own food is a wonderful thing, as we’ve seen previously in a post from from guest blogger Richard Chivers! Luckily, there are many suitable plants for kids to grow into delicious veg. Read on to find out more… Today’s guest blogger is Gemma Hall. Gemma writes as…

Why homegrown is best

Want to get fit? Grow your own! Homegrown vegetables are nutritious, healthy and surprisingly easy to produce yourself! Why choose homegrown vegetables? The arrival of brighter spring days often signals the end of our winter stew dependence, as our tastebuds suddenly crave lighter, healthier fare. There’s only so much bad food a body can take…

5 benefits of having an allotment

Allotments are old. The arrangement of allotments we recognise today has its roots in the 19th Century, when land was provided to the poor for the provision of growing food. Despite this fact, they are incredibly valuable for our modern life. Luckily, we are not having to dig for victory as our grandparents did during…

How to 3D carve your own pumpkin!

A trip to the pumpkin patch has become an annual event, being scribbled onto the calendar alongside the December Christmas Tree hunt, and June strawberry picking trip! But once you’ve got your pumpkin, what will you carve? Why not try something a little more ambitious this year? Expert 3D pumpkin carver, Simon McMinnis, has put…

5 things to do with a 22 pound, record-breaking carrot!

Have you heard about the 22 pound carrot unearthed by Minnesota gardener, Chris Qualley? The orange tangled mess has actually landed him into the Guinness World Records! Chris Qualley had grown the world’s heaviest carrot, weighing in at an eye-watering 22.4 pounds (10.1kg)! The previous record holder is Peter Glazebrook, from Newark, in the UK,…

Four salads and a muffin: some seasonal recipes by Stephanie Hafferty

Why not eat the rainbow and make the most of autumn harvests by transforming them into delicious vegetable-filled salads! Here are 4 brilliant recipes, plus a tasty muffin one using some unusual ingredients! Guest Blogger, Stephanie Hafferty is famed for creating the delicious lunches during Charles Dowding’s gardening courses with affordable, seasonal healthy food . She has…

Are you the UK’s best amateur gardener?

Summer’s over, but there’s no need to feel blue. Not when there’s a chance to win up to £350 in vouchers to spend on your garden! So, now is the time to show us what you’ve been up to in the garden this summer! Wilko, the UK’s home and garden retailer, is looking for green…

You can’t grow Olives in the UK, can you?

Sometimes olives seem so exotic that you couldn’t possibly imagine growing them in the English climate. Antonia Smith from the award winning Norfolk Olive Tree Company is here to debunk all myths, with an easy guide to growing, and using, olives at home. “Choose your variety carefully- there is a mind-boggling 800+ varieties to choose…

Why I always hate August in the garden- by Ellen Mary

By the time we swing into August, us gardeners are harvesting the fruits of our labour with an abundance of cut flowers, trugs of vegetables and tubs of freshly picked fruit. Then we sit back in the garden, feet up with a tipple and enjoy every moment…right? Not so! Ellen Mary can’t be the only…