Making a small urban garden into an extra room

In yesterday’s post, I explained how I went about making the initial plans for our garden. One of the main decisions we’ve had to make is how much living space we should sacrifice for growing space. With this in mind, I’ve been looking around for inspiration online and I have to say, I’m starting to […]

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How to plan a small urban garden

When one has less than 33 square metres with which to scratch the gardening itch, every centimetre counts and so it’s important to ensure that planning is done carefully in advance.1. Work out what will affect your gardeningAs you can see from the initial sketch below, our terraced Victorian house in London has a small […]

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Taking one fence at a time

Space in London is at a premium and we guard it jealously. When we first bought Garlic Towers, we were shocked to find that our rotting and decrepit (and for some reason, bright blue) fence wasn’t actually standing on our boundary but that we’d lost almost a foot (or about 30cm) from the back of […]

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Bee careful what you wish for

A while back I asked our neighbour (the King Of Ivy) to please trim the Buddleia in his front garden as it was starting to invade our space and to cut out all of the light to our sitting room. I was slightly aghast to come home yesterday and find that he’d hired someone to […]

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Here we go round the Mulberry bush

Or rather, here we go peering at Mulberry sticks. In a fit of optimism last year, I decided that as we only intend to keep this house for two or three years before the whispered lull of the countryside becomes a full-throated roar, that I could get a jump start on several heirloom plants. One […]

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Using egg boxes as seed propagators

When I was younger my primary school apparently used to ask parents to save their junk boxes (cereals etc) and loo rolls for “junk modelling” sessions. When I was older my mother told me she always liked dropping off whole boxes at the school as it cleared a cupboard, only to have to sigh in […]

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How to have a flower garden and cats

โ€ฆThe trick? Divided areas. The GarlicCats are much loved members of the family and, as such, we’re eager for them to share our little outdoor patch behind the house. However, I don’t believe that any home is complete without cut flowers and although most of the garden is going to be devoted to edibles, it’s […]

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