This week, making grape jelly and planting onions, shallots and garlic.
GOT ANY GRAPES?
The grapevine on Plot 35a is one of the things I like the most about my allotment. It is the jewel in the crown: a gigantic vine that every summer produces hundreds of bunches of grapes. In some ways, it is so simple [...]
In early September it feels like we are still clinging onto summer. By late September, after the autumnal equinox, it feels like a headlong rush towards winter. It doesn’t matter if there’s an Indian Summer (and I thought one was promised for this weekend), if the sun beats down at lunchtime and makes you hang [...]
September brings a sense of freedom to the plot. I went down to Plot 35a after yet another downpour, when the grass was still glistening wet but the sun had been out long enough to dry the rain off the grapes, which are starting to turn from green to purple. Growth is starting to slow, [...]
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 [...]
After the stunning kitchen garden at my Aunty Liz and Uncle Tom’s Baltic-side bolthole in Finland last week, back to a bump in Blighty and the overgrown paths at Plot 35a. Actually, I only left the plot for a week, not two as I usually do for a summer holiday, and popped up there before [...]
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 [...]
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