7 days, 7 harvests: no. 5

7 days, 7 harvests: no. 5

Earlier this year I was absolutely horrified when the flat footed fence fitters trampled all over my wild garlic. It was just starting to leaf out, and I don’t know why the sudden garlic smell wafting up from their feet didn’t give them pause, but it...
7 days, 7 harvests: no. 4

7 days, 7 harvests: no. 4

One of the plants I would never want to be without in the garden is parsley – it’s one of my favourite herbs. Homegrown parsley, December 2018 At this time of year I am still harvesting from plants I sowed last June, but I’m on borrowed time –...
7 days, 7 harvests: no. 3

7 days, 7 harvests: no. 3

Last year a friend gave me some seeds of Claytonia (Claytonia perfoliata), which has a variety of common names, inclyding miner’s lettuce and winter purslane. It grew well and I encouraged it to self-seed. Claytonia growing with the leeks The result is that we...
7 days, 7 harvests: no. 2

7 days, 7 harvests: no. 2

We’re not the biggest fans of cabbage and kale, and we don’t have a large garden, so I don’t generally bother with winter brassicas. They’re large plants, and they take up space for a long time. I do make an exception for purple sprouting...
7 days, 7 harvests: no. 1

7 days, 7 harvests: no. 1

This week is National Gardening Week, and the theme for 2019 is Edible Britain – a chance for gardeners across the country to show their love of home-grown produce. Gardening advice at this time of year focuses on the things that need doing in the kitchen garden...
What can I grow in May?

What can I grow in May?

May is a lovely month in the garden, although it’s a busy time for the gardener! It’s a good sowing month, plants will be growing strongly in the higher temperatures and light levels, and there will be some harvests on offer. You’ll also be able to watch the birds,...

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