garden1.jpg
Jesse Collings Room Opening - April 2022
garden3.jpg
Jesse Collings Room Opening - April 2022
pound-lane.jpg
Fresh air, exercise, healthy produce and good company
apples.jpg
Enjoy home-grown flowers, fruit and vegetables
bbq.jpg
Join us for BBQs and other social events
previous arrow
next arrow
Joy Simpson

I am not quite sure where April and May went but they do seem to have passed me by. However, I have been busy as have the bees on the phacelia. This is a buff-tailed bumble bee - it might be a worker...
Dahlia Bright Eyes Dahlia seedlings Like everyone I am sure, my windowsills and green house are full to brim with seedlings that are almost ready to go out when this cold spell stops. What I want to d...
All of the sun that we have had in the last few days has meant that the wildlife has started to emerge in the wildlife garden and because I am not very good at naming insects, I am focusing on trying...
I was given a couple of books for Christmas about soil. I read the fun-looking one a while ago but left the more serious one, Teaming with Microbes by Jeff Lowenfels and Wayne Lewis , and have only ju...
I am one of those people who does not like to spend too long in the kitchen preparing food to store it and would rather explore how I can grow and harvest crops throughout the year. I have managed thi...
I am a little obsessed with compost because I can never make enough. To help, I sometimes have manure from Bruce delivered but it is so much work because, like everyone near me, you can't get a vehicl...
Solidago seed head It had been a quiet month on the wildlife plot until I decided to coppice the hazels! There are about 8 or 9 large clumps behind the shed and behind Gorfin Hall. Normally if you hav...
At the start of the year - just into lockdown - I wrote a post about collecting seed . I thought now was about the right time to do an update as we have finished harvesting much of the summer produce....
This is my favourite colour combination - bright pink and orange - beautifully demonstrated by the berries on the Euonymus tree on the wildlife plot. It was a bit hidden by some large suckering cherri...
It doesn't seem that long ago that I pulled up my garlic - I think the days have all rolled into one at the moment because it was June. I pulled them up slightly earlier than normal because I had a ra...
If you are on Facebook, you might have noticed several posts offering seedlings and plants from the wildlife plot for anyone to take. My plots run alongside the Wildlife Plot and for 15+ years, I have...
National allotment week is upon us and this year the theme is 'Growing food for health and well-being', a reflection of the many benefits of growing and eating your own fruit and vegetables. The presi...
I hope everyone is well and safe. These are such troubling times but it has to be said, an allotment is a real gift. Although I do have a garden at home, it is lovely to go up to the allotment and wor...
It has been a wet and windy December which means that I haven't been down to my plot as often as I would usually go. I did get down this morning and it looked like a gale had blown through with the as...
There are so many different things to think about nowadays on an allotment: using less or no plastic, planting for bees, climate change, using water efficiently and the erosion of soil quality. I wake...
I start most seed off in my greenhouse. I seem to get better germination and less slug and snail damage if I do this but I would really like a bit more heat in it to start things off even earlier. I d...
This time of year is almost as busy a time as the spring. One of the main jobs that I start is to mulch the beds ready for next year. I always have an issue with creating enough mulch for the plots an...
This hot and dry year has meant that slugs and snails and the damage they cause has been far less than usual but there is always something that will enjoy the conditions. It seems that whitefly are th...
2019 catalogue One of the things about vegetable growing is the need to think and plan ahead and nothing says this more than the arrival of the seed catalogues. It requires us to think about what has...
The 13th - 19th of August was National Allotments week where allotment sites opened up their gates to show off their great growing skills and to encourage others to join us in growing their own food....