Gardeners on the whole I believe are great at recycling, from creative reuses of old window frames into glass houses, plastic bottles as mini cloches, to the everyday composting. Similarly a glut of plums can be turned into pies, or my favourite, shared with neighbours and friends whilst chatting about your day. Recycling and reusing can… Read More Seed starters – egg shell planters.
Okay I may be a bit early but one of my 10 a day would definitely be a tomato (or two) nothing tastes better than pulling a juicy red fruit from the vine and eating a handful before you reach the kitchen. Plus they are rich in vitamin C. The difference between a bland tomato… Read More Ready for a glut of tomatoes?
Is it time yet? I have been out everyday waiting for signs of growth, little fresh green leaves daring to say hello alongside bulbs starting to spear the ground. As the days seem a little brighter the remains of last years perrenials are looking a bit sad for themselves and the autumn fallen leaves, havens for overwintering bugs… Read More New beginnings – a gentle garden spring clean
Every part of the year brings its challenges, the beautiful days where everyone smiles and flowers sing and not one slug has visited your fresh little seedlings other days nobody wants to get out of bed to deal with grumpy moods and the caterpillar invested veg patch. And sometimes life just surprises you, nestled in a… Read More Weathering the Winter – Overwintering Kale
It is still winter here, although the snow has melted day time temperatures are just above freezing so I’m relying on the seed catalogues and trips to garden nurseries to fuel my desires for trying my hand at seed sowing. The juicy photos of ripe vegetables and beautiful blooms is all so enticing, stunningly illustrated… Read More Sowing seeds – 5 questions to ask before you buy