Swimming with the fishes

Swimming with the fishes

As I mentioned last month, for the time being I have decided to use my low-level trough planter for flowers, rather than the mini pond I had originally intended it for. Still, at some point in the future I would like a garden with a water feature. A natural swimming...
How to Protect Your Plants

How to Protect Your Plants

“April showers bring May flowers.” English proverb The traditional way of telling whether soil is warm enough to start planting outdoors is (allegedly) to see whether you can stand to sit on it with a bare bottom. In this day and age, with smaller gardens and nosier...
What Can I Grow in April?

What Can I Grow in April?

Ah, April, a month that gives us leaves on the trees, blossom in the hedgerow, and a headache with its changeable weather. We gardeners would love April to be a season of sunshine and soft showers. But, instead, we need to plan for sleet and hail, or even snow. As the...
Behind the Zines

Behind the Zines

For a while now I have been feeling a bit meh about this whole life thing. The past few years have been eventful, and after expending considerable time and effort I am now back in a place where I feel I can stop rebuilding and start living my life. But I don’t...
What is the Hungry Gap?

What is the Hungry Gap?

Guy Singh-Watson of Riverford Organics is warning about the risks of Brexit-related disruptions to our food supply, timed to coincide with the ‘Hungry Gap’. He says “to be told by people who have no idea how their food is produced that this is...
Potato Pete in the 21st century

Potato Pete in the 21st century

During the Second World War, the British Isles were subjected to a Nazi naval blockade, the aim of which was to disrupt food imports and starve the British people into submission. Shipping, whatever it was carrying, had to get past the German U-boats before it could...