Rotten garlic

My garlic has white rot, that’s it. That’s the second bed that I’ve had it in and I’ve got a horrible fear that I’m the one that transferred it, there is some relief in the thought that it was in the ground already as it appeared in the first year of my old (new) plot.… Read more


The last few months for me have been extremely busy with work, travelling around the country visiting universities and other duties at the allotment. Just when I thought I might get a respite, we’ve moved into the start of the hardcore harvesting season where if you turn your back for too long you’ll be eating marrow, instead of courgette.
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Latest and greatest

Each year I get inundated with emails and catalogs selling me the latest and greatest in horticultural wares, some new technologies, some pointless slug control ideas, some classic garden favorites and then the new plants. I’m not talking about a variety of sunflower that will grow taller than your house but of the Alstroemerias that are a different shade of orange or a series of poppies that have a growers rights restriction upon them.… Read more

A new plot

This spring, as I was putting up the last of the hazel wigwams for my climbing beans, I came to the realisation that there was no space left. Every inch of the beds was accounted for and all the space I had at home was bursting with the pumpkins, peas, and cucumbers that were destined for them.… Read more