Gardening in southern England’s changed climate

Where are we now, into the fifth summer on my allotment, and despite going into this year with optimism after two sun baked su

Allotment Month 55: vigorous legumes, squash and pumpkins, tomatoes

Do you ever have the feeling you’re being left behind in gardening? You think your tomatoes are doing well when you spot

How to grow organic rhubarb and cook it – the tastiest around!

I love rhubarb. I love its flavour and I love how easy it is to grow. I always recommend planting rhubarb before anything else

How to grow organic purple sprouting broccoli and cook it

It wasn’t until I started growing my own vegetables I even clocked that purple sprouting broccoli existed. In the superm

A year in vegetable, fruit and herb photos

We’re taught not to play with our food but WHATEVS, I love arranging veg to show them at their beautiful best before pre

Growing avocados in London

It’s been widely known that avocados can grow in London for decades, I’ve seen the trees around the city since I m

Allotment Month 43: priorities, supports and progress

Going into the fourth season on my allotment I’ve been pleased with how it’s shaping up. Part of the personal chal

Allotment Month 42: weeding asparagus and carrots, potato, chilli and artichoke update

On Sunday I had the chance for a proper sesh down the allotment and it was marvellous! The sun wasn’t shining and it was

My allotment plan for 2019

Hello vegetable fans! Recently I wrote about why I practice crop rotation on my allotment in my Telegraph column, explaining h

Allotment month 38: don’t beat yourself up if things go wrong

I’ve just had the best day on my allotment for a long time. Zero degrees Celsius, literally freezing, but dry with the s

Allotment Month 34: happy herbal, apple disaster, persistent prairie

Often I beat myself up about the state of my allotment, it never quite looks as good as those picture perfect ones I see in ma

Allotment Month 28: harvesting parsnips, beating weeds, sowing seeds and signs of spring (at last!)

Currently I feel I have the measure of my allotment, how long that feeling will last remains to be seen.

Allotment Month 26: sprucing and rearranging

Toward the end of autumn I find the battle against couch grass and other weeds relentless and with the coming winter, I just s

Allotment Month 25: planning for the year ahead – parsnips, cauliflower, kale, carrots, apples

Can you believe I’ve had my allotment for two years?! The excitement of taking ownership still feels like yesterday to m