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Her Outdoors: How To Train Your Damson, Her Outdoors

Her Outdoors: How To Train Your Damson

Despite the dark and the wet, November is still a month of possibilities. Yeah, so it’s not April with all its blossom, or August with its abundance, but this month is the time to pause and reflect, stepping back and planning what to grow next year. Most exciting of all, it is the start of [...]

By | Her Outdoors, Notebook | Sunday, 16 November 2014 at 7:02 pm

Her Outdoors: Sowing broad beans, Her Outdoors

Her Outdoors: Sowing broad beans

I’ve just had a week’s holiday, and spent most of it getting my plot whipped into shape for the winter. At this time of year, there’s a lot of clearing up to do – raking up leaves to make leaf mould, tearing out the last of the spent runner and climbing bean plants to put [...]

By | Her Outdoors, Notebook | Wednesday, 12 November 2014 at 3:07 pm

Her Outdoors: Harvest, interrupted, Her Outdoors

Her Outdoors: Harvest, interrupted

A little delay in publishing this, as it’s been party conference season. So, while my allotment is full of harvest, I’ve been travelling to Manchester, Birmingham and, this coming week, Glasgow to sit inside hotels and conference halls with politicians instead of picking grapes and the last of the runner beans and raking leaves. I [...]

By | Her Outdoors, Notebook | Saturday, 4 October 2014 at 7:43 pm

Her Outdoors: Finland edition, Her Outdoors

Her Outdoors: Finland edition

While the British allotment-holder struts and frets from March to October, in Finland it is, as you can imagine, entirely different. Snow covers the ground from late autumn to mid-spring, and nothing can be sown into the soil, still frozen in April, until well into May. The season is short, but intense – as I [...]

By | Her Outdoors, Notebook | Saturday, 23 August 2014 at 8:30 pm

Her Outdoors: Chateau Merrers, Her Outdoors

Her Outdoors: Chateau Merrers

A silly label, I know. I don’t really have a Chateau with a vineyard, but I do have a grapevine and it is one of my life’s ambitions to make my own wine. When I was first offered an allotment in April last year, there were three choices of plot. Only one was completely overgrown [...]

By | Her Outdoors, Notebook | Saturday, 28 June 2014 at 7:46 pm

Her Outdoors: salad leaves and flowers, Her Outdoors

Her Outdoors: salad leaves and flowers

The people who had my plot before me created an intricate design, like an old-fashioned potager, that I have tried to stick to. I’ll admit it would have been easier to get a wheelbarrow down a central path with equal-sized beds either side. But this maze-like design makes it look bigger and is also more [...]

By | Her Outdoors, Notebook | Wednesday, 21 May 2014 at 4:55 pm

Her Outdoors: Bed-blockers, Her Outdoors

Her Outdoors: Bed-blockers

It is the time of year when I wish I had more space: space on my front steps (which are now crowded with all 28 tomato plants, much to the joy/annoyance of the milkman/postman/Him Indoors), space in the mini-greenhouse and space at Plot 35a. Every week I transplant more seedlings to the allotment, only to [...]

By | Her Outdoors, Notebook | Wednesday, 7 May 2014 at 4:57 pm

Her Outdoors: Tomato catch-up II, Her Outdoors

Her Outdoors: Tomato catch-up II

Back in February I wrote about getting my tomato plants outside in the middle of April. True to my word, I tentatively put three outside on the front steps last week, and this week I’ve released more into the outdoors. Here on the steps they will stay, because at the allotment they risk being struck [...]

By | Her Outdoors, Notebook | Wednesday, 23 April 2014 at 5:02 pm

Her Outdoors: April flowers, Her Outdoors

Her Outdoors: April flowers

We were up in North Yorkshire at the weekend. Every morning, a heavy mist hung over the Howardian Hills, refusing to budge until well after lunch. In the morning, it was chilly enough for coats and fleeces, but when the sun broke through it felt as though there was a 10 degree increase in temperature. [...]

By | Her Outdoors, Notebook | Wednesday, 2 April 2014 at 4:49 pm

Her Outdoors: planting potatoes, Her Outdoors

Her Outdoors: planting potatoes

I’ve been on holiday, but the allotment isn’t taking any down time at the moment – despite some very chilly days last week, buds are bursting on the fruit trees, the spring cabbages under nets are swelling and tiny radish seedlings are getting bigger by the day.
The weeds are also flourishing – my plot is [...]

By | Her Outdoors, Notebook | Monday, 31 March 2014 at 9:31 am

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