AJ’s Blackberry Sponge Pudding

Shares 6 Minute Microwave Blackberry Sponge Pudding: Possibly the quickest pudding to make – great in the summer when we have an abundance of berries in the allotment garden.   Facebook Twitter Pinterest Google+ StumbleUpon Buffer INGREDIENTS 100g self raising flour 100g sugar 100g margarine 2 eggs 2 tbsp milk 1 tsp of baking powder 2-4 tbsp jam Handful of Blackberries (Homegrown or foraged)   Facebook Twitter Pinterest Google+ StumbleUpon Buffer METHOD 1 Pyrex bowl to go into the Microwave 1 Mixing bowl for the ingredients Into pyrex bowl add the 2 table spoons of jam and place the berries on...

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Growing stuff… It’s all Greek to me!

Shares It’s no secret that, as a family, we just love to travel; be it beach or city, we just love adventures – although we don’t do it as often as we would like. Whenever we do find ourselves on unfamiliar turf, regardless of where we may find ourselves in this great world, we like to explore and immerse ourselves in the local culture, in order to see how the locals live. Myself and AJ have always had a soft-spot for the Greek Islands with each island having a unique charm all of its own. It’s not just the...

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AJ’s Rhubarb Oat Crumble

Shares Rhubarb Crumble: Possibly the first crop of the growing season from the allotment is the tender, young rhubarb stalks – and there’s no better way to do them justice than a hearty homemade delicious rhubarb and ginger crumble. Facebook Twitter Pinterest Google+ StumbleUpon Buffer Facebook Twitter Pinterest Google+ StumbleUpon Buffer Facebook Twitter Pinterest Google+ StumbleUpon Buffer Facebook Twitter Pinterest Google+ StumbleUpon Buffer Ingredients 1kg (2lb) allotment grown rhubarb 2oz dark brown cane sugar 1 tsp on ground ginger 2 tbsp of water 1 tsp baking powder   Topping 8oz plain flour 2oz porridge oats 3oz unsalted butter 5oz dark brown cane...

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Wheelbarrow flat

Shares So just what does it take to get the wheelbarrow back on the road? Here it is: It takes at least two weekends, that’s what! Why? because you know you have a flat tyre so you take the bike pump down the plot with you – only to find that these new micro pumps don’t have the traditional flex adapter that fits the valve on the barrow. So the next weekend you decide to take the correct adaptor, only to find that it’s not a slow puncture but requires a repair… now you need an adjustable wrench or...

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AJ’s Pumpkin Chilli Soup

Shares Pumpkin Soup: Grow at least three pumpkins, one for carving and a candle for the kids, one other for the flesh (to be roasted) and one for show / to use when serving… Deseed, peel and chop one of them for the pot, a drizzle of oil and bake in the oven. ( I also added thyme as in the fridge ).   Facebook Twitter Pinterest Google+ StumbleUpon Buffer Facebook Twitter Pinterest Google+ StumbleUpon Buffer 30mins high heat or until roasted. In a frying pan lightly sauté: 1 onion, 1 leek, garlic to taste, three chillies if you like...

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Taking on an Allotment

Shares Self-sufficient Having taken on your allotment, and depending on the time of year, you may achieve a first crop – but the name of the game is patience. Clearing and cultivating a half plot can take anything up to a year – assuming that you can give one day on a weekend and at least a couple of evenings in the summer months. Becoming self-sufficient in fruit and veg is a goal that the whole family must be enthusiastic about in order to achieve. It’s a long-term investment and can initially be an expensive hobby. The reasons for...

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How do I get an Allotment

Shares Fancy growing your own… In times of austerity, high inflation and the rising cost of living, having an allotment and growing your own 5-a-day could be a real asset to today’s family. A healthy balanced diet, as well as open green spaces, can have a profound positive effect on your physical, mental and emotional wellbeing. And not to forget the solitude of the allotment shed, a quiet hideout away from the fast pace of modern living… ‘The feel-good factor that comes with growing and nurturing your own food is intoxicating’ Allotment Junkie Facebook Twitter Pinterest Google+ StumbleUpon Buffer...

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Allotment Junkie asks #HeyAreYouOK?

Shares Allotment Junkie – author and publisher of the book series ‘Lost the Plot’ supports the #heyareyouok? campaign by Storm Skills Training CIC. In 2013, Allotment Junkie published the first book in the series, ‘Lost the Plot’ – which has now sold worldwide, received countless awesome reviews and has a social following of thousands. The brand continues to grow from strength to strength; with a new book release due in 2016. Paul King, AKA Allotment Junkie and co-founder of Twistedgifted – a creative agency based in Manchester, shares an insight into his love for ‘growing your own’, allotmenteering and...

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First Rule of Allotment Club

First Rule of Allotment Club. Don’t fly tip on to your neighbours plot! Suggested Reading: How to Win Friends and Influence People. By Dale Carnegie‎. Although not all on my plot – access via my path is now obstructed. #nothappy – need I say more, please feel free to comment....

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By Allotment Junkie

My first ever book…

‘Lost the Plot’… Its been four years in the development, two years in the writing, 172 pages… £14.99 with free P&P in the UK. ISBN: 978-0-9575812-0-3

ZERO air miles used in the production of these books. Published and Printed in the UK. Could this Book be the seed to your success! Please visit the shop if you’re interested. Thank you.

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