The very best carrot tips and recipes The carrot gets a fairly geeky reputation in my opinion. We’re taught very early on that eating carrots will help us see in the dark. Yawn. For me, carrots are small orange circles sliced for ease, not taste. If you want to get more out of this humble vegetable then read on! Cut them length ways! I have a friend who will not eat carrots when the are sliced from top to bottom. We are so used to seeing the sliced this way that most of the time it wouldn’t occur to us to do things any differently.Read More →

Growing carrots and other easy veg to grow – and EAT Since I can remember someone in the family has been growing carrots. If you’re anything like me, you’ll know there’s no feeling quite like eating food that you have grown for yourself. I have news, there is a feeling better than that and it’s eating food that your children have grown. Since I left my job, growing our own produce has become more than just a hobby, it’s becoming a way of life. My 16 month old son has also been bitten by the gardening bug and loves to help with the watering. VegetablesRead More →

To buy it or DIY it? Sometimes I think, I must get this or I need to nip into town for that. If I stop and think about it for a moment, there are actually very few times that it’s a must. I’ve been trying to get the garden growing to it’s full potential while the allotment is ready to go. Here I’ll share some of my favourite tricks for this summer. Hack 1 : Disposable fork seed labels. It does what it says on the tin. My draws (kitchen draws) are full of little plastic forks. It would appear I have a terrible senseRead More →

When I started growing veg, I quickly ran out of space in the garden. Planters can be expensive, especially the larger ones. I came up with some inventive ways to grow in things that were otherwise redundant around the house. 5 Planters for growing veg you can make from household items Ikea bags What does one do with an Ikea bag once it’s brought home the frames and chopping boards? Ours was sat in the under stairs cupboard. They’re rather an odd shape for daily use. I put a few holes in the bottom using a fork to create drainage and planted my beetroot onRead More →

Digging for victory! I don’t think I’ve ever been as overwhelmed by a task as I was yesterday. Looking over my brand new quarter acre allotment plot I sighed. Essentially, it’s a bed of weeds with 3 apple trees on it. As I surveyed the area deciding where to start, I couldn’t help but notice the abundance of glass that lined the fence. Toddler death trap. Luckily I’m not one to mind a bit of graft in the outdoors, especially when the sun is beaming down. It seems everyone, no matter how novice a gardener they are has something to say when I tell themRead More →