Exploring Eccentricity

Exploring Eccentricity

If you meet me in person I look pretty normal, but given that I chose to title this blog The Unconventional Gardener, you’ve probably guessed that I consider myself to be a little unusual. I had a very conventional upbringing, but it didn’t stick; I consider the...
Bye bye social media

Bye bye social media

I joined Facebook in October 2007, and Twitter in May 2008. Social media has been a massive part of my life for more than a decade. It was originally a way to find and connect with like-minded people, and a natural extension of my blog. I made good friends, some of...
The garden won’t stop flowering

The garden won’t stop flowering

I haven’t spent a lot of time in the garden recently (that seems to be my refrain this year!). I keep nipping out to fill up the bird feeders, but that’s about as far as it gets. To be honest, I am suffering under the deluge of hate and horror that’s...
It’s time to accept the facts

It’s time to accept the facts

We can’t grow good crops without using pesticides, fertilisers and GMOs. We need to stop listening to ‘experts’ who say We can garden in a sustainable, organic way. Eco-minded people are creative and develop new ideas. But the thing is: The population is rising,...
What is salad?

What is salad?

The news that Iceberg lettuces are being rationed in the UK, due to supply shortages, has made me ponder the nature of salad. When I was growing up, salad was Iceberg lettuce, sliced tomatoes and cucumber. I didn’t eat salad. Fortunately for me, my definition of...