Food production in the backyard garden and allotment by an always realistic and often heretical gardener with a no nonsense attitude.

Self sufficient gardening

by John Hayes
Broccolli growing on my allotment


What is allotment?An allotment garden or community garden plot is a piece of land allocated or rented to an individual to allow them to…

The raised beds in my backyard garden


The soil on your land is of vital importance and will have a big influence on how well your crops do. Therefore its important…

My biggest ever pumpkin


My name is John Hayes. I grew my first tomatoes when I was 9 and I have grown vegetables and fruit in North Yorkshire…