Jack Frost came to visit!

Everything seemed to be going so well. My tomatoes and runner beans were dominating my cold frames and what with peppers, chillies, aubergines and cucumbers all demanding room, I decided to take a calculated risk and plant some outside. After all it has been the hottest April on record.

But the calculated risk didn’t pay off… 2 days after planting them out and only a few weeks after sun damage. Frost sneaked up on me and claimed them. So I thought I’d share a pic or two of what frost damage looks like. Guess I need to exercise a little more patience and wait a few more weeks before planting any more out.

Tomatoes on the left, Runner Beans on the right.

Attempt #1 at growing an Avocado Tree

England doesnt exactly have the ideal climate for growing an Avocado tree. However i’ve been assured by several articles that it is possible to get one to grow here, it just takes a little patience… upto 10 years apparently!!

So armed with a little advice, i’ve selected 1 of the 3 listed methods of getting an Avocado seed to germinate.

“leave the seed in direct sunlight until it starts to split. Then pot it up”

Sounds simple enough.. lets see how it goes!

My Chillies are Ripening!!

Back in September I dug up my chilli plants to pot them and move them inside whilst I went to India. I figured that they had no chance of ripening outside so rather than come back to find a dead plant, I would experiment with them inside.

Now in December with snow on the ground outside my chillies have sprung to life. They are ripening by the day and just as I was about to give up it looks like I will be able to pick them soon after all!

Leaf Cutting Bee Cocoons… or so I think??

I started to repot my tomato plants and as I tipped out the compost these little fellows fell out. They are intricately formed bullet shaped cocoons with perfectly cut rose leaves to seal the ends. Inside there is a clear looking wet grub. After a quick google I found that these cocoons are most likely to belong to a Leaf Cutting Bee.

See more info here:


I gently placed them back inside a pot of compost in the hope that they will eventually hatch.

Allotment Update

Our crop is now growing well… We have potatoes, onions, leeks, courgette, marrow, butternut squash, parsnips, carrots, beans, rhubarb, cabbage, cauliflower, beetroot, spinach, aubergines and sprouting broccoli.


My Allotment

So I have started to grow my own! I think its become a bit of a novelty of recent, but after receiving my 100sq ft plot in April last year I got to work clearing the waist high weeds. After a summer of digging last year and some digging again last weekend I have finally sown my first seeds, and I aim to bring you an allotment update from time to time and maybe some little tips sprinkled between web design posts.

Last Weekend:

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