National Allotments Week 2020 (Gallery)

'Growing for Health and Wellbeing' National Allotments Week 2020 - Late Spring and Summer, a Pictorial Celebration!

The Pickled Potting Shed

The allotment around late May/early June Tending an allotment plot offers countless delights throughout the year: seeing the first green growth in spring, or the new shoots of seedlings, a deep connection with nature and the seasons. And of course, using your home-grown produce to create delicious food! Now as we reach the end of …

Allotment Diaries

Last week the annual invoice for our allotment fees arrived, and with the deadline unable to wait until next payday, I somewhat reluctantly transferred the required sums. I thought of the weeds and overgrown patches, the gap in the beds where my plans for successional sowing were beaten by summer heat, laziness and other distractions, …

My Allotment Journey and How It Has Changed My Life (A Blog Post for Mental Health Awareness Week)

Three years ago I made a decision that would change my life. That sounds like a bold statement, but let me explain... Things were difficult; I didn’t know it at the time but I was approaching the breakdown and ending of a long-term toxic relationship, whilst being at a career crossroads, and a point of …

Rooms for rent on the Cutty Garden Allotment!

This weekend I have been ticking off a major 'bucket list' activity - I have been building a hedgehog house and bug hotel on the allotment in an unused and unproductive corner. Hopefully lots of critters of all kinds will take up residence and repay us with plenty of pest-predation and plant-pollination duties! But what …

Digging the past

Allotment archaeology We frequently find echoes of past gardeners whilst digging our allotment plot. Perhaps most intriguing are these pieces of clay pipe we often collect from the soil, which offer a direct link to the people who tended the land before us. We also find various pieces of china and pottery probably from a much …

What ‘Organic’ means to me at the Cutty Garden Allotment

September 16th 2017  - Organic September Saturday At the Cutty Garden Allotment, we garden organically. By this, I don't mean we have certificates and paper work to label us, nor do we employ any secret magic under the full moon. Simply, when I took on the plot in February 2016, I made a promise to …