Our hosta somehow escapes the snails. I guess …

Our hosta somehow escapes the snails. I guess veggies are tastier.

#hosta #spring #newgrowth #allotment #green #groen #tuin #lente #geenslakken

Five handy books on growing your own

New blog! Five handy books on growing your own

We have now had our allotment for almost six years, and even before that I had been growing edibles in containers in our small back garden for quite some time.  Whilst there is a plethora of information online about growing your own produce, you really can’t beat a good book for guiding you through the process.  The books highlighted in this blog are those I have found particularly interesting…

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Lovely unruly messy flowers #flowers #spring #…

Lovely unruly messy flowers
#flowers #spring #tulips #narcissus #green #goldenhour #shadesofspring #lente #grasveld #bluebells #mixandmatch

It’s blossom galore down at the allotment. Tim…

It’s blossom galore down at the allotment. Time for the apples to shine!

#blossom #spring #allotment #appletree #pink #bluesky #appelbloesem #moestuin #stadsboomgaard #lente

Summer was nice while it lasted…..

Starting to get a bit dodgy again weather-wise but today wasn’t so bad when the sun came out and if you managed to get out of the wind you could almost imagine it was balmy.

I recently bought 5 new gooseberry bushes “invicta” a firm favourite as it gives lovely tart berries just right for cooking and jam making. I have reduced to bushed to three stems which I shall grow as cordons. I have found it to be a low maintenance high-yield method of growing this fruit.

I gave my garlic bed a tidy up – it had got a bit weedy but seems to have withstood the vagaries of our “spring” weather. Added a few shallots as well to fill in a few gaps.

The broad beans “aquadulce claudia” arent lookingb brilliant, so I have uncovered them to allow in pollinators and gave them a bit of a feed. There are some gaps which I shall fill in with a crimson flowered variety I have already sown into root trainers.

My mother in law used to play underneath the a…

My mother in law used to play underneath the apple trees in her grandparents’ orchard when she was just a small girl. She remembered there being loads of lily of the valley, growing abundantly, sheltered by the trees. The orchard is long gone, but she still has some lilies. And now a few of them are growing underneath our apple trees.
#monday #history #flowerstagram #flowers #lilyofthevalley #organicgardening #heritage #fruittree #orchard #moestuin #bloemen # maandag #spring #growsomethinggreen #bloemenmeteenverhaal

I now declare chutney season open! #rhubarb #c…

I now declare chutney season open! #rhubarb #chutney #gyo #allotment #conserve (at Chester, Cheshire)

Just enjoy this train ride down the flower fie…

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Just enjoy this train ride down the flower fields with me.

#flowerfields #windowseat #favouritetrainride #holland #tulips #narcissus #spring #april #hyacinth #bollenstreek #ns #bollenvelden #nederland #uitdetrein #yellow #pink #red #white #rainbowofcolours #touristineigenland #tulpen #narcissen #hyacinthen #kleur #lente #bloemen

Week 4. Sunny days and digging stuff this wee…

Week 4.

Sunny days and digging stuff this week. The salad plot (pictured above) is pretty well held together now, and with only one new seeding this week of dill – the first of the year.

The courgettes I started indoors were practically sprouting legs and walking off, so they have been planted down at the plot now. Already at 4 weeks old they had little flowers starting to appear. The cucumbers will have to be next week too. Thankfully it doesn’t look like frost is going to be an issue any more though, based on the fully summer-ish weather this week!

Next jobs – a little weeding and tidying, and making some solid progress on the newest plot. We’re digging out a natural pond, planting grain rye for sourdough bread and beehive straw, and getting new beds ready for perennial cut flowers.

Look at the peonies go! #justafewmoreweeks #p…

Look at the peonies go!
#justafewmoreweeks #peonies #pivoines #pioenroos #flowers #organicgardening #grow #inmygarden #instagarden #bloemen #blooms #bloementuin #fleurs #pink