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...

A Garden in the Air

Since I wrote my last post it has been determined that my garden is moving this year. I don’t know exactly when, and I have no idea where to – a change in my personal circumstances has made this a necessity, and things are very much up in the air at the moment. So...
FoGroBloMe 09

FoGroBloMe 09

Remember FoGroBloMe 08? Well it was so much fun that we’re going to try and do it all again this year. Patrick from Bifurcated Carrots is collecting the names of people who would be interested in attending, although the date has yet to be confirmed. Assuming it is an...
Gardening in schools

Gardening in schools

Scarecrow at Ryton Organic Gardens I’ve had a lovely email from a teacher: “Hello, I am the proud owner of your your book, Growing Vegetables is Fun. I have enjoyed sowing the seeds with the secondary pupils that I teach and have found the articles in the book...

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