Allotmenteer

I love my allotment – if only I could spend more time there (and I could spend a lot of time there given half the chance but needs must). However having an allotment gives me the opportunity to grow lots of different things and (try) to learn from my mistakes. So as and when I do something I think is interesting, if only to me, I write about it and those notes, you can find below.

Gooseberry and Elderflower Muffins

Gooseberry and Elderflower Muffins

That sharp sour crunch of the first gooseberries of the year from the allotment is now a distant memory (ah, a shame) however as the gooseberry season starts to draw to a close there is still time to do something just a bit different, thanks to Delia Smith, with the last of the fruits and you won't be disappointed. ...
Chocolate Courgette Loaf Cake

Chocolate Courgette Loaf Cake

You know that you have a glut of courgettes when friends don't answer the door and fellow allotment holders suddenly remember urgent dentists appointments.  However a glut of anything means you have to get a bit creative.  So, should you find yourself with courgette and the need for a lovely moist chocolate cake then the Chocolate Courgette Loaf Cake is the answer to your (and my) prayers. ...
Didcot Allotment Society AGM

Didcot Allotment Society AGM

The Didcot Allotment Society (DAS) is holding its Annual General Meeting on Saturday 11 May.  In addition to its AGM, there will also be a plant sale so you may well find yourself walking away with a bargain. ...
Leek & Goat’s Cheese Crêpes

Leek & Goat’s Cheese Crêpes

The last of the leeks had been sat outside by the kitchen door for a few weeks and really needed using if only to make a bit of room.  A visit to our well stocked recipe library came up with the suggestion of Leek & Goat's Cheese Crêpes but enthusiasm wasn't high.  However we were wrong and if you have a few leeks kicking around you must try this - simple and quick to prepare and cook and really rather wonderful. ...
DAS and Sustainable Didcot Seed Swap (Sat 16 March)

DAS and Sustainable Didcot Seed Swap (Sat 16 March)

The Didcot Allotment Society (DAS) and Sustainable Didcot are holding a seed swap event on Saturday 16th March from 2pm where you can bring any surplus seeds you might have and swap them for others. ...
DAS and Sustainable Didcot Seed Swap (Thu 24 Jan)

DAS and Sustainable Didcot Seed Swap (Thu 24 Jan)

The Didcot Allotment Society (DAS) and Sustainable Didcot are holding a seed swap event on Thursday 24 January from 7:30pm where you can bring any surplus seeds you might have and swap them for others. ...
Leek, thyme and lemon stuffing

Leek, thyme and lemon stuffing

The Christmas Dinner table needed a quick and simple stuffing to bolster things and we settled on an leek , thyme and lemon stuffing adapted from a leek and sage stuffing recipe. ...
Hi ho, Hi ho, it is off to the allotment we go

Hi ho, Hi ho, it is off to the allotment we go

A quick post, this was something we had been waiting a while for but with only a couple of days to go it was off to the allotment to gather some veg for the Christmas lunch. ...
Mr B’s Damson Jam

Mr B’s Damson Jam

Along the edge of the allotments are a couple of damson trees which always have a mass of fruits on them. What to do with this free bounty? Jam of course! ...
Gnocchi with courgette, mascarpone & spring onions

Gnocchi with courgette, mascarpone & spring onions

As is usual at this time of year, no matter how hard you try, at the allotments courgettes are plenty.  In fact I am sure there is a Read More ...
Radishes and me don’t agree

Radishes and me don’t agree

I am really not having a great deal of luck with my radishes.  In theory radishes are, after cress and strawberries, easy peasy to grow – unless you Read More ...
Results of the Olla experiment

Results of the Olla experiment

Earlier in the season I came across the lazy-persons way of watering – Ollas – terracotta pots sunk into the ground next to your plants which reduce the Read More ...
Homemade Redcurrant Cordial

Homemade Redcurrant Cordial

The redcurrants were ready for picking at the beginning of July but space in the freezer was already running low so what to do with all those redcurrants? As it was another hot afternoon I thought we should have a bash at making some redcurrant cordial. ...
Tomato supports at Waterperry Gardens

Tomato supports at Waterperry Gardens

We finally got around to taking a walk around Waterperry Gardens (thanks to a 2 for 1 voucher!) and it was well worth it.  The gardens are far Read More ...
Making watering less of a chore by using Ollas

Making watering less of a chore by using Ollas

As the summer was getting underway I was looking at how I could improve my laziness (sorry efficiency) by using a drip feed system or something along those Read More ...
My A-Z of Insects

My A-Z of Insects

Of course we are all, on this little planet, looking for our next meal so you can’t really blame those we label as pests for doing what we Read More ...
Welcome to Plot No. 42

Welcome to Plot No. 42

At last I have my own allotment, plot no.42, and a fine little plot it is too – tucked in between plots on all sides so I should Read More ...