Welcome to PurpleBug – Bringing you the joy of growing your own, and some damned fine recipes for all that lovely fruit and veg!

I got my allotment in 2015, shortly after moving in with Mr S, so I was putting down roots in every sense! I got so properly bitten by the gardening bug that I have now seen a career change and moved into horticulture full time. I now have basic RHS qualifications and am still learning, but I’m not here to convince you to change your career, just to appreciate the joys of home grown and to extol the positive mental and physical health benefits of gardening.

I never used to appreciate seasons other than summer.  Nowadays, getting out on a crisp winter morning, lighting a fire to burn off some rubbish while clearing the paths and planning the new season is pure joy!

Spring sees the sowing of seeds, the new growth, the lengthening days and warmer temperatures.  You can feel the world bursting into life all around!  The birdsong changes and the excitement of summer bounty and autumn harvesting abounds.

Summer is a more relaxing time with gentle weeding and watering, bbqs and enjoyment of the long warm days, the buzzing of the bees and big juicy strawberries!  The work put in earlier in the year now reaps its rewards!

Autumn brings the biggest harvest and time is split between harvesting and preserving.  Pickling, blanching and freezing, making jams and chutneys – all topics I will be covering in these pages.

So please read on, enjoy and send me your comments!

With love,