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The allotment today

29 March 2012

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The allotment looks very ordered at the moment, the spuds are in and earthed up, and the first seed bed is done and warming up in the sun. Next job is to get those sweet peas in and sort out the herb bed. …READ MORE…

Tree print

13 March 2012

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Here is my new tree screenprint, influenced by the striking silhouettes of trees at this time of year. Available to buy in my shop in three colours, black, purple or orange. …READ MORE…

Wild and free

5 March 2012

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I was very excited to see today these wild garlic leaves emerging from a shady spot by the compost bins. Last spring I foraged a few plants from the side of lanes where it grows in abundance and transplanted them to the allotment. I adore the smell of wild garlic and the balls of tiny white flowers are so pretty and delicious to eat. …READ MORE…

Rhubarb

5 March 2012

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The first signs of the rhubarb waking up is here! It seems a bit mean but the best way is to find something tall and dark to start forcing it to grow sweetly and quickly. A makeshift lid means that progress can easily be checked, of course I do this at night with candlelight! …READ MORE…

Lovely ladies.

26 January 2012

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We have been keeping hens on the allotment for the last 5 years, I often get asked how easy and expensive it is to set up so here are some pros and cons… …READ MORE…

Oh my!

8 October 2011

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The big clear up has started! I found myself with a few hours this afternoon so I headed down to the allotment with a big bag of hungarian (rye) grass, a cup of tea and Betty the dog. The kids were at home making fondant fancies for my birthday treat! I cleared one and a half beds, watered the soil before sowing the seed and then scattered it around, hope it works! Betty mainly stared at the floor looking for insects and chewed stones. The beds are now tidyish, the compost heap is bulging, the fancies were large and delicious, the dog is asleep…..a top day. …READ MORE…

Gorgeous Gourds

5 October 2011

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I have been busy printing my Gorgeous Gourd print, so check it out in my shop! …READ MORE…

Harvest

23 September 2011

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Today my eldest took our allotment finds into school to decorate the church in Southrop for Harvest Festival. We managed to gather sunflower heads, strawberry plants, gourds, shallots and the last custard squash. The children had a fab time decorating and I love the apples in patterns and stacks. Although my overall favourite must be the rhubarb crosses, genius. …READ MORE…

Pumpkins

20 September 2011

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The first pic below is from my allotment and is one of two surviving pumpkins, they are the carving type so hopefully will put on a bit of weight before halloween. The other beauties are from Hicote kitchen garden in Gloucestershire. I must try harder next year! The short pumpkin film was done a couple of years ago by myself and Stephen. …READ MORE…

Gorgeous Gourds!

20 September 2011

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This morning I have been searching through the allotment looking for harvest festival produce for my daughters school. All I found were some very weedy leeks, some savaged cabbage, alot of spinach, a couple of raspberries and a handful of blueberries. I did however discover the gourds which are happily climbing up anything they can reach and crawling all over the floor. They are not edible so I am not sure they can be classified as a harvest, but they will make the classroom look pretty! …READ MORE…