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,...
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...