Figs in the Secret Garden

The Secret Garden is planted with a mix of fruit and flowers.  The boundaries are made up of espaliered apple trees, passion flowers, thornless blackberries, willow and roses.

The ‘door arbour’ has grape vines from which hang bunches of sweet black grapes in early autumn.

Hops also twine their way up the edges of the door arbour having escaped from the pergola they were meant to cover until, one day, a fig tree will provide a shady spot to sit.

This year, for the first time since it was planted, the fig tree has produced a bountiful crop of figs.

One of our followers on Instagram suggested make fig jam.   Perhaps to sell to Members and friends through the site shop.

How to eat figs

As well as just eating them fresh from the tree, a simple way to enjoy figs is just to cut them into wedges and add to salads. The classic starter is to wrap them  in parma ham .  They’re are also delicious raw on a cheese board instead of grapes. They can be grilled or roasted which makes them even sweeter.  Here are a few ideas ideas for delicious deserts that can be made with figs:

Dorset Road Allotments host the BBC

The weather forecast on BBC Breakfast came from Dorset Road Allotments this morning.  Carol Kirkwood and her team did a live broadcast.

 

Carol also interviewed our Chair, Linda Phillips about the increase in demand for allotments (our waiting list has doubled).  She met some of our early bird allotmenteers.

Wilfred Emmanuel-Jones, aka The Black Farmer, was interviewed as part of his campaign for landowners to create allotments for people to grow their own fruit and veg.  He once worked on his father’s allotment in Birmingham.

National Allotments Week

This week is National Allotments Week.  The theme for 2020 is Growing Food for Health and Well-being, a reflection of the benefits of growing, cooking and eating your own fruit and vegetables.

You can find out more about National Allotment Week here and view National Allotment Week videos on National Allotment Week videos.

Gardeners World have been featuring gardens and allotments over the last few months. If you are interested in submitting a video of your allotment visit the Gardeners World website here.

You can see pictures from our allotment site on instagram here and follow #nationalallotmentweek