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!
This week marked our 3rd anniversary of being allotment holders, that time has really flown! It’s certainly looking ready for a rest now, with most plants dying off. This year has actually been one of our most productive, despite the challenges the weather has thrown at us. Harvest is almost done, with only swedes, leeks…… Continue reading October Allotment Update
Autumn is definitely setting in here (the weather has felt distinctly unsummery since the end of July!) and we’ve been making the most of the changing seasons. A few trees are dropping their leaves, the mornings are chilly and misty and we are starting to need to dig out coats for the school run. It’s…… Continue reading Spiders, Sparkles and Spinning
Yesterday I made a chutney using the last of our beetroot, but there wasn’t quite enough for any of the recipes I found and I didn’t see the point in reducing the quantities and making a tiny pan full as it seems to take just as long to be fully cooked anyway! I looked at…… Continue reading Recipe Post-Beetroot Chutney
It’s October, the weather has changed and things have got chilly-Autumn has definitely arrived. I realise that we are 11 days into October now so this is old news, but better late than never! It was on 1st October last year that we officially became allotmenteers (I’m pretty sure that Mr Craft ran to the…… Continue reading 10 Things I’ve Learned From The First Year Of Having An Allotment
It’s hard to believe our harvesting time is nearly over, the only things remaining are tomatoes, a few beans, courgettes, a handful of carrots, beetroot round two and half a dozen red cabbages. Everything else has been brought in to be frozen (beans and brocolli), dried (onions) or pickled (first batch of beetroot). The allotment…… Continue reading End of August Allotment Update
Welcome to the second part of my ‘branching out’ series, where I explore crafts I’ve not tried before. Regular followers might be surprised to read about my exploits with boiling sugar given my clumsy tendencies, but the fact I am writing this and not in A&E is a promising sign! (Luck must have been on…… Continue reading Branching out #2 Jam Making