Each month we are getting to know our allotment neighbours a bit better. For August, we have been chatting to Nadia Mackenzie who is at plot 73 at the Priory allotment site.

How long have you had an allotment in East Sheen?

About 2 years.

What jobs have you been doing on the allotment this month?

Watering madly and weeding. Picking soft fruit for jam, runner beans and spuds. Propping up tomatoes planted too densely.

What crop has done well this year?

Blackberries so far!

What are you planning to grow next season?

Haven’t planned yet but love beetroot – make chutneys.

What’s your favourite recipe to make with your harvest?

Plan to do jams and lots of chutneys again, preserved figs, pureed fruits to freeze.

In addition to gardening of course, do you have any other hobbies or skills?

Photography and cooking.