Benefits of Winter Digging

Winter digging is basically turning over the soil during winter (removing weeds as you go) in preparation for the upcoming growing season. Some gardeners on our allotment site are avid winter diggers, others prefer the no-dig method and some, like me, do a bit of both.

Forcing Rhubarb

Rhubarb, with its vibrant red stalks and distinct tart flavour, is a quintessentially British garden delight and gives me nostalgia just thinking about it! While many of us eagerly await the arrival of spring for the first harvest, did you know that you can enjoy tender, early rhubarb even before the growing season kicks into high gear? I have heard a lot about forcing rhubarb but have never tried it, so this year I will give it whirl.

January at an Allotment in Derbyshire!

We kicked off the year with a trip to Iceland, which was absolutely fantastic. It’s back to reality now, and I’m happy to say I don’t mind returning to work. It’s also that special time of year when we begin to plan the allotment and the growing season ahead. It’s no secret that our allotment has been neglected, but we shall enter the year with positivity and a determination to grow our own food again; I yearn for those summer months, wandering around the plot with my basket, harvesting something fresh for tea.

Raised Bed Gardening

Just as we embarked on raised bed gardening, as if meant to be, we were gifted two large wooden raised beds from a lovely allotment neighbour.

We Were Gifted Raised Beds!!

The past few weeks have been incredibly difficult. A visit to Justin’s favourite spot in Wales to spread his ashes, accompanied by a chest infection had me feeling pretty low. I am so thankful for all that joined us there, again, holding us up when we were struggling. Back in action again at the allotment…