Nasturtium Flower Vinegar

Such a pretty jar! Fill a wide-necked jar of 570ml with freshly gathered nasturtium flowers, a few seed pods, 2 chopped shallots, 8-10 peppercorns and 1/2 tsp salt. Pour over 500ml cold white wine vinegar. Leave for a month in a sunny spot, shake the jar now and then. Strain the vinegar and discard the…

Allotment – Garlic update and potatoes

It has proved difficult to get over to the allotment over the last couple of weeks. My last visit was on Sunday 16th Feb. The garlic, both those planted before December and in February (after starting in the cold frame) seem to be going well. No real bulb growth yet, but they seem established. Its…

Sunniest day of the year… so far

Officially the sunniest day this January as the attendance was high at the allotment. The days are getting longer, sunset is not until 1630 right now. With all this extra sunlight, I have the Sisyphian task of digging for yet more crouch grass and horsetail. It goes on and on and on… I had two…

Small boats of fire cover the ground

Sunday 14th was a beautiful morning. I cycled to the allotment listening to The Silver Mt. Zion’s Born into Trouble as the Sparks Fly Upward, frost covered the cowered plants, making everything twinkle in the sun. It was one of those magical mornings with no one around. I broke ice sheets which had settled on the plastic sheeting…

Heritage Seed Library – Seeds for 2014

This morning a welcome parcel arrived from Garden Organic. As a member I can choose 6 packets of heritage seeds to plant (and a couple more), its a bit of a lottery with limited supply as seeds are usually grown and saved by members, but this makes it all the more fun. The seeds for…

Plot 14

 I’m the new owner of allotment plot 14 in Manchester. It doesn’t look at all like the photo above (Christiania Glass House in Copenhagen) but this image says all I love about allotments – the make, mend and DIY approach to life. So, my plot started off as a ‘field’ of weeds, namely couch grass…

Rhubarb Compote

I visited Copenhagen in March. One morning I had breakfast at Cafe Granola, Frederiksberg and totally fell for their rhubarb compote. Ever since, i’ve been determined to get my hand on a bunch of rhubarb. Luckily, I was filming for Everyday Growing Cultures at Farida’s allotment who kindly handed over a big bunch.  I chose the simplest recipe I…