• Growing

    Weeds – Dock

    Dock leaf, or Rumex obtusifolius, commonly known as bitter dock, broad-leaved dock, bluntleaf dock, dock leaf or butter dock, is a perennial weed that grows on waste ground. It is common-place in gardens and roadside verges and grows well in vegetable gardens with any chance to establish. Here we discuss this weed and it’s management.

  • Growing

    Keeping safe on allotments

    Your allotment, or garden, may be a place to enjoy a peaceful hobby and relax, but like all things it does have some hidden dangers.

    Accidents do happen. Our ground alone has seen three heart-attacks (one fatal), someone falling through their greenhouse and an injury caused by a petrol strimmer. On another groud we heard of a gardener who jerry-rigged his rotovator controls and then fell over, with the machine running over his leg. Even a seemingly innocent insect bite can lead to infection.

    So now you are suitably alarmed… let’s see what we can do to make you allotment a safer place.

  • Growing

    Got a slug problem?

    Gardeners often cite slugs as the most annoying garden pest! They love to gobble up fresh shoots and they can decimate your seedlings over night. Here we discuss slugs, methods of control and their role in the ecosystem – it is not all bad!

  • Growing

    Growing Figs in a Northern Climate

    Fresh figs picked in early September

    You wouldn’t be wrong in thinking that figs are a Mediterranean crop. Fig trees grow like weeds on the rocky hillsides of many countries with a far warmer climate than the UK! However, there are varieties of fig that grow well in our cooler climate. We have figs fruiting well on our exposed Manchester allotment ground!

  • Cooking

    Onion Bhajis

    As we start moving towards early spring I am considering how I can use overwintered stored crops. As the temperatures start to rise in early Spring stored onions will sprout. To counter this I try to make sure that I have used up the stores and Onion bhajis are a great way to do this!