The summer sees me trying to balance my work as freelance gardening writer, with tending my allotment and garden in Northampton at one of the busiest times for gardeners!
Thankfully work and hobby can often combine, which results in my regular blog entries, giving advice and opinion on the challenges and issues facing gardeners.
Recently I shared some tips for saving water while you’re growing as well as allotment and gardening jobs to get stuck into in August.
There’s nothing better than home-grown pesto, but you don’t need to limit yourself to basil and your garden or allotment will contain a host of other suitable ingredients to make a huge range of pestos, as I explained in my article for Vegetarian Living.
As a freelance food writer I get to explore some of the wilder extremes of food and drink trends, and it was fascinating to find out more about the growing fashion for mushroom and fungi cocktails for a feature in Imbibe Magazine.
It’s been lovely to work for Bitten Magazine over the years and they’ve commissioned me to write a wide range of interesting and unusual features on food and drink. Discovering the role our stomach plays in our health and wellbeing was one of the most interesting freelance commissions I’ve researched for them.
I’ll round off this roundup by returning to some gardening advice from last month. Saving seeds is one of the easiest ways you can save money in your garden and allotment – and also ensure you’re growing plants suited to your conditions. And there’s still lots to do in the garden or allotment at this time of year – see my tips on garden jobs for September. Which reminds me, I better get back to the plot!