Early July is when our allotment fruit cage is at its best-absolutely crammed with currants and berries. We harvested a few types two weeks ago, then last week collected even more. We have an abundance of blackcurrants and whitecurrants, and a couple of redcurrant bushes as well as a gooseberry (ouch!) and some rogue raspberry…… Continue reading Jam packed
Yesterday, having seen how well this year’s crop of berries are forming at the allotment, I decided that it was a good day to use up some of last year’s produce from the freezer. We had a small bag of redcurrants, so redcurrant jelly (which met the approval of the children last time I made…… Continue reading Redcurrant toffee-a lesson in how not to multi-task
When all this Coronavirus business started to kick off properly, the allotment was a place where I could take the children to burn off their energy and where I could get lost in one of the many jobs that needed doing and escape from reality. All that changed when I got my shielding letter, just…… Continue reading Bringing the allotment home
Earlier today, Mr C and I popped down to our allotment to assess the damage from the recent storms. We hadn’t been since October, so we weren’t sure what we would find. The entrance to the plot was several centimetres underwater, with just a few blades of grass poking up through it (and we hadn’t…… Continue reading A Confused Rose
This afternoon, I decided to use up some raspberries by making a batch of jam. Everywhere I looked, it said raspberry jam was ideal for the amatuer jam maker as sets quickly and is really easy. Perfect! Following my last jam making episode, where I failed to make it pass the wrinkle test after 2…… Continue reading Chewable Jam
The allotment has all of a sudden produced a glut of ripe berries, and they are only just beginning. In the last week we have harvested 3kg of raspberries and redcurrants, half of which we picked this morning as yesterday’s sunshine did a super job of ripening them up. We now have a technique for…… Continue reading Bursting with berries!
It’s only been a fortnight since my last post, but it feels like ages. Things here are incredibly busy-the decorating is still in full swing and almost every spare minute is taken up with a little job. The allotment is also very much a work in progress! I’ll start off with a little decorating update.…… Continue reading Long time, no see!
Last week, we were given permission to begin working on the new allotment and start moving our old allotment things over to it. (Luckily it it almost opposite the current plot so moving isn’t too bad!) Mr C is on his big chunk of days off work, and the children and I are on half…… Continue reading Project New Allotment
As the title says, we are currently in limbo (not the kind you can create with a rake balanced on two upturned buckets!) because we don’t actually know where to plant anything so our growing season has yet to start. You see, we have our name down to swap allotments but we have no idea…… Continue reading A Game of Allotment Limbo
Whilst the builders are working on our house. we are trying to get the allotment in shape for the growing season. Our aim this year is to keep it very simple, as once the builders finish in about 4 weeks we take over and start decorating so our time for allotmenteering will be quite limited.…… Continue reading 2019 Allotment Plans