Get smart in the garden

Keeping a garden tidy can be a lot of work There’s no denying that electrical appliances can make gardening a lot easier – when you’re faced with a thicket that needs cutting back, an unending hedge that needs trimming, or a large lawn to mow, there are few people who...

Grow! Harvest! Eat!

“We grow! We harvest! We eat!” mural in the Exotic Garden at Ryton organic gardens I haven’t felt much like writing over the last few weeks. I haven’t felt like doing much of anything. It took Ryan and I far longer than we had anticipated to get his flat ready for...

Evernote Evangelist

When I first became a freelance writer, I started to drown in scraps of paper. Loose leaves from pads, sticky notes, brochures and leaflets scattered everywhere. Finding anything became a nightmare, and so I developed the discipline of recording everything in a bound...

How to get your garden ready for your holidays

Here in the UK it’s traditional to take a couple of weeks off work over the summer and head off to somewhere with better weather – or at least somewhere that you can get away from it all for a little while. It’s one of the ironies of life that this takes you away from...

Laying down the lawn

As I have said, I am dismantling the garden. The original layout, with separate raised beds, was quite attractive (I thought), although the concrete blocks did look a little industrial where they weren’t softened by the planting. However, at the end of 2011 I was...

On the horizon

Just over three years ago, I went to an ethnobotany event at Kew and met Dr Simon Platten* and his large collection of French bean seeds. In the intervening years I have met him a couple of times at various events, and he encouraged me to think about heading down to...

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