Mudketeers diary – 6th May 2020

Young lettuce planted out In April I sowed some lettuce in cell trays filled with multi-purpose compost. It is a good way to start lettuce off; getting them to a decent size before planting out. You avoid a lot of issues such as pests and poor weather that can affect direct sown lettuce. Once they are a couple of inches…

Preparing to grow

More and more people are starting to appreciate the benefits of growing their own fresh fruit and veg and are seeking out their own patch to do just that. Learning to grow your own is not as daunting as it may first seem. Home-grown produce is not just fresher than anything you’ll find in the shops, in growing it you’ll…

The start of something bigger

We follow the ventures of some new allotment holders as they move from starter plots to larger ones. Elaine Crick follows their progress. From starters to mains Elaine and Julia (aka Radio Derby’s The Potty Plotters) had the idea to create mini starter plots for people who hadn’t grown veg before but would find a large allotment daunting. They took…
Services to horticulture honoured

Services to horticulture honoured

National Allotment Society (NSALG) President Phil Gomersall has been awarded the British Empire Medal for services to horticulture  His many other roles in the allotment world include serving as Chairman of the Yorkshire Allotment Gardeners’ Federation, as Publicity Officer of the Leeds Allotments Federation, as Secretary of Victory Garden Allotments Association, Rawdon, and as Vice Chairman of Rawdon in Bloom.…

Podcast 19: The power of yellow

The Kitchen Garden Magazine Podcast – packed full of hints, tips and advice from the team. Welcome to episode 19 of the Kitchen Garden Podcast. Despite some initial reservations, allotment champion Steve Neal recounts the success of opening up an allotment site in Somerset to the National Garden Scheme. As an allotment association you get used to receiving a regular…

Pickled Rainbow Chard

Magical chard stems have just as much flavour as the leaves. Lucy Burton shares her recipe for pickled rainbow stems  Luscious, sturdy chard is a staple of many vegetable patches. Adaptable to a range of soil acidities and resilient to winters’ frost, chard flourishes throughout the year, and does not have a set season of bloom. Instead, most plants yield…