Book review: Build a Better Vegetable Garden

Book review: Build a Better Vegetable Garden

As 2016 draws to a close, my garden looks a lot different than it did last year. For starters, it has 12 raised beds now, instead of 6. There’s a small shed for storage, and a log store. There are gardener’s paths, an improved fence with fruit-training wires and small...
Review: Joosr, 20 minute book summaries

Review: Joosr, 20 minute book summaries

I’ve always thought that books are a very important part of our world. I was an avid reader as a kid, and a few days I ago I was touched by the role that books played in the life of Simon Callow, helping him to find his way to his place in the world. As an adult,...
Onion sets and a log store

Onion sets and a log store

I haven’t felt like gardening much over the last few weeks, and since there’s a lot to do popping outside made feel worse, not better. But on Sunday time and energy coincided, and I spent a happy two hours outside. In the intervening time the garden has transitioned...
Book Review: How to Make a Garden Grow (Heath Robinson)

Book Review: How to Make a Garden Grow (Heath Robinson)

I grew up understanding the phrase “a bit Heath Robinson” as meaning something that had been cobbled together, but I wasn’t really aware of the fact that Heath Robinson was a real person. Born in 1872, he was an English cartoonist and illustrator, and he became famous...
Book review: Flattened Fauna

Book review: Flattened Fauna

There’s a certainly delicious irony in the fact that my copy of Flattened Fauna: A field guide to common animals of roads, streets, and highways has become resolutely three-dimensional whilst I have been reading it. I couldn’t get it to flatten down for a photoshoot,...

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