Tendrils: 160610

Tendrils: 160610

I’m starting Tendrils this week with a link to a citizen science project I discovered via Twitter – the Tea Bag Index. Although it sounds bonkers, you can help them do some real soil science by burying tea bags in your garden for a few months, digging them up, drying...
My first comfrey harvest

My first comfrey harvest

This is what the wild, self-seeded comfrey plant outside my front door looked like last week. It doesn’t look like that now, though, because I have cut it back and put the leaves to rot in one of my comfrey buckets (they have lids and taps). First, though, I had to...
The garden looks different now

The garden looks different now

After another weekend working hard in the garden, it looks very different again. Ryan was working on Saturday, so I spent the morning outside. The first thing I did was erect my new raised bed cover, which would have been easier had it not been a bit breezy! But I got...
Publishing The Peat-Free Diet

Publishing The Peat-Free Diet

In June 2011 I started blogging a book – The Peat-Free Diet, a practical guide for gardeners who wanted to learn (or relearn) how to garden without peat. Five years on it’s still an important topic. A report published by the Agriculture and Horticulture Development...
Raised beds, compost maths and asparagus

Raised beds, compost maths and asparagus

When the sun shone on Saturday morning, and the rain promised to delay until midday, we hatched a plan to build two more of the raised beds in the garden. One half of the garden – 6 beds – was completed last year, leaving 6 more to go. We don’t have space for them all...
I’ve got worms in my bath!

I’ve got worms in my bath!

So… we have a few hundred more mouths to feed, as I went to a Master Composter training day at the weekend, and during the afternoon we made our own wormeries out of stacking plastic crates, and were each given a couple of handfuls of composting worms to get us...

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