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...
Loose tea

Loose tea

In the Telegraph yesterday, scientist Ken Thompson was talking about why tea bags will help your garden. It’s about composting, and the nutrients they return to the soil, and as you know I’m a big fan of composting. However, he says this: So that the bag will seal...
A low-carbon garden

A low-carbon garden

The UK has been battered by storms over the last few weeks, and the weather has been very mild – if not warm – for the time of year. It seems ludicrous to deny the fact that the climate is changing, and that this wilder weather is the result. We’ve been lucky, but...
Hinges, edible dahlias, and frost

Hinges, edible dahlias, and frost

Hurricane Barney battered the garden a bit last week, but it seems to have withstood the weather 🙂 This is due, in part, to the nice new (and hefty!) hinges that Ryan and his dad have put on the garden gate. The old latch had deteriorated to the point where it was...

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