Grow Comfrey

Grow Comfrey

There have been a lot of days this year that have begun and ended with me despairing over the human race. This week we’ve seen Saudi Arabia, Russia and the USA come together to sabotage a global agreement to do something about climate change. And Brex*t makes me...
Planning the 2019 garden

Planning the 2019 garden

In Keep Calm and Grow Your Own I was pondering the wisdom of stockpiling a few essentials in case leaving the EU causes some disruption to our (rather precarious) food supplies, but also thinking about what we could grow next year – to keep us fed in the...
The Lotus Effect

The Lotus Effect

The lotus is a remarkable plant. I’m referring to Nelumbo nucifera, which is native to Asia and sacred to both buddhists and Hindus. (It’s related to the American lotus, N. lutea, but not to the lotus that appears in ancient Egyptian images – that’s Nymphaea...
Container herbs for beginners

Container herbs for beginners

Increasingly, we’re being told that we can green up our lifestyle by growing some of our own food. Articles everywhere suggest that everyone can grow a few herbs on the windowsill, but if you’ve never gardened before then that’s not as simple as it...