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Her Outdoors: L is for leek, C is for cucumber, G is for garlic, Her Outdoors

Her Outdoors: L is for leek, C is for cucumber, G is for garlic

In my last post I wrote about picking the last of the peas and broad beans from the central bed and removing the spent plants. Normally I would cut the plants down to the ground and leave the root systems in place because legumes, particularly the broad beans, develop nodules on the roots of mature [...]

By | Her Outdoors, Notebook | Thursday, 23 July 2015 at 7:39 pm

Her Outdoors: A squash and some peas, Her Outdoors

Her Outdoors: A squash and some peas

In gardening, some things are perfectly named – runner beans can run away up the bean poles, say, and there are a whole host of diseases and disorders which have does-what-it-says-on-the-tin names: scab, brown rot and bitter pit alone in apples… But the squash, the autumnal cousin of the courgette, the fancier sister of the [...]

By | Her Outdoors, Notebook | Wednesday, 8 July 2015 at 10:30 pm

Her Outdoors: Jane and the Giant Peach, Her Outdoors

Her Outdoors: Jane and the Giant Peach

I have been watering my plot for nearly an hour, first thing in the morning or late in the evening, just before it gets too dark to see my way back to the allotment gate, to prevent this heat destroying my months of hard work. My vegetables and fruit bushes are teeming with crops now, [...]

By | Her Outdoors, Notebook | Wednesday, 1 July 2015 at 7:29 am

Her Outdoors: Jeanne de Vegette, Her Outdoors

Her Outdoors: Jeanne de Vegette

I have recently rediscovered one of my favourite films from childhood, Jean de Florette. It is one of the greatest-ever in the French language. Directed by Claude Berri, from the original Marcel Pagnol film and novel, about Provencal farmers and a tussle over land and water. A peasant farmer who wants to grow carnations has [...]

By | Her Outdoors, Notebook | Sunday, 14 June 2015 at 10:35 pm

Her Outdoors: Rocket Boost, Her Outdoors

Her Outdoors: Rocket Boost

I found myself down at Plot 35a this week at 10pm, with just enough light left to see what I was watering. My plot neighbour was also there, catching up on some weeding. We chatted about how the June evenings give us the gift of allotment time, which is just as well as we are [...]

By | Her Outdoors, Notebook | Thursday, 11 June 2015 at 4:13 pm

Her Outdoors: It’s not too late…, Her Outdoors

Her Outdoors: It’s not too late…

Plot 35a is now very green and full of crops that will soon be ready to harvest. The broad bean flowers – traditional white and black but also the dark pink of the crimson flowered variety – are full and look like they’re ready to start popping with tiny pods. The pea bed is a [...]

By | Her Outdoors, Notebook | Tuesday, 26 May 2015 at 10:59 am

Her Outdoors: Making a hot bed, Her Outdoors

Her Outdoors: Making a hot bed

Last week I moved my tomatoes, chillies, cucumbers, melons and cucamelon plants from the windowsill in our dining room to the cold frame at the plot. Him Indoors was very happy to get them out of the house, but I had to make sure these tender plants were, too. Late April to early May sees [...]

By | Her Outdoors, Notebook | Thursday, 7 May 2015 at 8:04 am

Her Outdoors: A patch for Girl Outdoors, Her Outdoors

Her Outdoors: A patch for Girl Outdoors

My four-year-old daughter, Girl Outdoors, has a see-saw attitude to our allotment -a very up and down view of Plot 35a. Sometimes she loves it, wants to dig up potatoes that aren’t ready, can spend hours down there arranging her picnic chairs outside her playhouse and setting out tea and grass sandwiches as I work [...]

By | Her Outdoors, Notebook | Thursday, 23 April 2015 at 10:00 am

Her Outdoors: Peas and queues, Her Outdoors

Her Outdoors: Peas and queues

The terrible pun in the headline refers to the queues of everything – packets of seeds waiting to be sown, seedlings in the propagator needing to be pricked out, and larger plants waiting to be hardened off outside. But first, the peas. I’ve had mixed fortunes with growing these tiny bursts of spring sweetness. One [...]

By | Her Outdoors, Notebook | Wednesday, 8 April 2015 at 8:38 pm

Her Outdoors: The first kiss of April is mine, Her Outdoors

Her Outdoors: The first kiss of April is mine

It is difficult, as the general election is now full flow, to keep on top of the allotment and this blog. But I will do it, because April is the most intense month of the year and if I leave it to its own devices all my hard work would be wasted. The weeds would [...]

By | Her Outdoors, Notebook | Saturday, 4 April 2015 at 6:59 pm

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