Don’t compost those spoiled spuds!

I DON’T know about you but as much as I love August for the abundance of produce pouring from the allotment, it can be a struggle to decide what to do with it all. Top of this list is the humble potato. Of course, if they are blemish-free it’s just a matter of drying them…

Five carrot varieties to try this season

After the graveyard of the post-Christmas period, by February I’m chomping at the bit to tear open some seed packets and get sowing. The truth is I try to hold back until the the final week of the Six Nations – by which time Wales are usually heading for a mid-table mediocrity and the crushing…

Jobs for the month

IT’S true that December is a barren month for gardeners – the waiting room between the manic rush to plant green manure in the autumn and the stirrings of the new season in early spring. There are jobs to be done, however. Down at St Julians Allotments we’ve taken delivery of fresh bark, so this…

Five broad beans for autumn planting

AS with most plants, the usual contradictory advice surrounds the best time to sow broad beans. Some opt for the start of the year, others autumn or if you’re being very specific, like my grandad and uncles, Boxing Day. If you want to steal a march on your rivals and be munching on beans, bacon…