Welcome to the Allotment Book.

A website dedicated to growing fruit, vegetables, and herbs, both at home and on an allotment.

Drawing of an allotment in full harvest

Welcome to the Allotment Book.

A website dedicated to growing fruit, vegetables, and herbs, both at home and on an allotment.

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Freshly picked bluemoon radish, sown in September and harvested yesterday. At first it tasted like quite a mild radish, and then 30 seconds later I had a sensation similar to a mouthful of whiskey, a general heating up of mouth, throat, and chest. I think it’s best described as mild to begin with, then turning hot!

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A garlic shoot emerging through the soil. Planted in October, the cloves have taken a few weeks to germinate, but yesterday it was a cheery moment to see them coming through.

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I saw this maple tree on my walk (at least I think it’s a maple). Whilst many trees have lost their leaves already, this tree stood out.

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I think these are Shaggy Inkcap mushrooms. Quite a sight on an autumnal walk. But I never pick wild mushrooms as I am not confident in identifying the good from the poisonous.

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New video: creamy tomato soup. Watch by following the profile link (click the logo).

In late summer, I tried several iterations of this recipe to find one that I really like and look forward to eating. I enjoy eating homegrown tomatoes fresh with a little olive oil, salt, and balsamic vinegar, and in gazpacho (a cold Spanish soup), but I wanted to find a hot soup recipe to enjoy in the autumn and winter.

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An experiment with overwintering peas that I have sown in big containers. The peas were sown in October, and germinated quickly in the wet but warmish weather. I’m hoping that the fleece covering will be enough to protect them, and that come spring, the plants will start to thrive. Alternatively, the cold weather will do for them!

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A young perpetual spinach seedling growing underneath fleece. I planted these in September, but this picture taken yesterday suggests the harvest is a little while away...perhaps next spring all being well.

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    Creamy Tomato Soup
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    November Allotment Tour
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    Planting Garlic

Allotment Planner

The Allotment Planner & Record Keeper is designed to help fruit and vegetable gardeners plan and record their growing successes.

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Planting Month By Month

Month by month planting guides for growing at home or on an allotment, including fruit, vegetables, herbs, and links to varieties.

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Harvest Month By Month

A month by month harvesting guide to avoid a glut of homegrown food in any month, or a period when nothing is available.

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Fruit Growing Guides

Reference guides on growing fruit in UK gardens and allotments, including planting, harvesting, and growing tips.

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Vegetable Growing Guides

Reference guides containing key information on growing vegetables, including planting, care, harvesting, and varieties.

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Growing Vegetables In Pots

A guide to growing vegetables in pots, including pot sizes, watering, pest control, growing media, and suggested varieties.

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Vegetable Varieties

Explore the wide range of vegetables that can be grown in the UK. Explore varieties, save your favourites, and create your growing plan.

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Fruit Varieties

Discover all the different types of fruit that can grow in the UK. Explore varieties, save your favourites, and create your growing plan.

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Herb Varieties

Herbs are an excellent addition to a kitchen garden, providing interesting flavours in the kitchen, interesting flowers and scent, and loved by beneficial insects.

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Vegetable Recipes

Recipes showing how British grown vegetables can be transformed into wonderful snacks and starters.

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Fruit Recipes

Simple, declicious, and wonderful desserts made from fruit that can be grown in the UK.

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Soup Recipes

Homemade soup is an easy and enjoyable way of eating vegetables and makes nutritious meals.

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Hot & Cold Drinks

Yummy vitamin packed cold drinks and a selection of hot drinks to enjoy at home.

Hot & Cold Drinks

Sweet Treats

Indulgent treats for all ages. The emphasis is on enjoyment, with a hint of British grown ingredients.

Sweet treat recipes

Allotment & Garden Sheds

A selection of allotment and garden sheds with a wide range of lengths and widths, including overlap or tongue and groove panels.

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Polytunnels

A selection of polytunnels for anyone growing fruit, vegetables, herbs, or flowers at home or on an allotment. 

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Greenhouses

A selection of greenhouses with a variety of widths, lengths, and price points, making an attractive addition to a garden.

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Fruit Cages

See a wide selection of attractive steel and wooden fruit cages Don't let the birds and animals eat your harvest!

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Raised Beds

A selection of raised beds to suit allotment, garden, or patio growing. The beds come in a range of wood finishes, lengths, and widths.

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Growhouses & Coldframes

A selection of growhouses and coldframes. Ideal for protecting frost senstive plants in spring, and heat loving plants in summer.

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