Two Years of Allotment Life

Yesterday (22nd February) marked two years since I took on the custodianship of Plot 12, Bepton Road Allotments. Known fondly as 'The Cutty Garden', this small plot of land has undergone quite a transformation over the last 24 months; as has it's gardener. Perhaps the most notable recent change is that the allotment has doubled …

A Nature ‘How To’: Build a Wildlife Pond

How to: Build a Wildlife Pond One of the most important elements of any habitat is water. Wildlife from birds to bees all need to drink daily, and many also need to bathe regularly to maintain their plumage or coat in good condition even in the winter. Other creatures, including amphibians and a huge range of …

A Nature ‘How To’: Helping Hedgehogs

Have you heard the recent news? On 7th February a new report (Published jointly by the British Hedgehog Preservation Society (BHPS) and People’s Trust for Endangered Species (PTES).) revealed that hedgehog numbers have plummeted by half since the year 2000! This is very worrying news indeed! From Beatrix Potter stories to console game characters, the …

A Nature ‘How To’: Feeding Garden Birds

How to: Feeding Garden Birds Do you feed the birds in your garden? In the UK, gardens cover a larger area than all the nature reserves put together, making our homes an invaluable resource for wildlife. Gardens are especially important as places of refuge during winter, particularly when food becomes increasingly hard to find in …

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 …

Harvest Triumphs 

With the Harvest moon lingering bright and resonant in the October skies, the bountiful season of gathering-in is drawing to a close, and the shortening of the days is becoming more obvious with every passing morning. Thoughts are turning, as the leaves turn, to battening the hatches for winter. On the allotment we are taking …

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 …