Loose tea

Loose tea

In the Telegraph yesterday, scientist Ken Thompson was talking about why tea bags will help your garden. It’s about composting, and the nutrients they return to the soil, and as you know I’m a big fan of composting. However, he says this: So that the bag...
A low-carbon garden

A low-carbon garden

The UK has been battered by storms over the last few weeks, and the weather has been very mild – if not warm – for the time of year. It seems ludicrous to deny the fact that the climate is changing, and that this wilder weather is the result. We’ve...
Hinges, edible dahlias, and frost

Hinges, edible dahlias, and frost

Hurricane Barney battered the garden a bit last week, but it seems to have withstood the weather 🙂 This is due, in part, to the nice new (and hefty!) hinges that Ryan and his dad have put on the garden gate. The old latch had deteriorated to the point where it was...
Sow, Grow, Repeat: Composting

Sow, Grow, Repeat: Composting

I hopped up to London a while back to be a guest (along with Jeff Lowenfels, author of ‘Teaming with microbes’) on ‘Sow, Grow, Repeat’, the Guardian’s gardening podcast. Wearing my Master Composter hat, I was chatting with Alys Fowler and...
Starting over: composting

Starting over: composting

Kitchen waste set aside for home composting I’m a firm believer in composting. In the years in which I haven’t really had a garden, I have mourned the loss of valuable resources as I sent my compostables off in the municipal collections. Making your own compost is a...
The Composting Condundrum

The Composting Condundrum

A giant compost heap, like this one at West Dean, isn’t an option in my new garden Clearing the allotment is no simple task – it’s now a 20-minute drive away, and as the weather has turned wet and the ground is sodden, it’s impossible to get the car anywhere...