Mr. Fothergill’s new varieties

Mr. Fothergill’s new varieties

Mr. Fothergill’s have asked me to trial their new and exclusive seed varieties next year, and the packets have just arrived. In terms of edibles, they are Carrot ‘Speedo F1’, Pepper ‘(Hot) Curry Pepper’ and Calendula ‘Orange Flash’. Ryan really loves carrots, and so...
The garden in July

The garden in July

I haven’t been able to spend as much time outside as I would have liked this month. The weather has either been far too hot, or very wet, and I have been pretty busy inside. On Saturday morning I took advantage of a couple of cool and dry hours to become reacquainted...
Tendrils: 170721

Tendrils: 170721

Tendrils has once again been reeling in the heat, and is stocking up on cold drinks and ice cream in case it comes back. Ice cream contains (apparently) surprising botany, plants that feature in the ingredients but are never headlined on the label, including carob....
Hops spring eternal

Hops spring eternal

Hop shoots from the old garden Back in October, I was sent some hop (Humulus lupus) seeds. It was the beginning of November before I got around to sowing them, and I sowed them in a lidded container and popped them on my office windowsill. I probably wasn’t that great...

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