Set up an urban bird feeding station with a toddler (for picky urban birds)

Garlic towers is ready for our first feathery patrons A rainy weekday afternoon and an overexcited toddler with energy to burn combine brilliantly to mean one thing – bird feeders! We had a birdfeeder outside our sitting room window before we embarked on our harebrained scheme to gut and refurbish our entire house last year. […]

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Cat-proofing the garden

As our son has grown and changed, so has what we need from our garden. Whilst I want to grow as much as I can, GarlicBoy also needs some grass to play on, and we also need space to keep the kinds of things that I don’t want him playing with (think secateurs…) so we […]

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Garden aims 2017

In the past I’ve set myself quantitative goals for our garden. I’ve tried to save us £250 in groceries by benchmarking my harvest against the prices charged in our local supermarket and I’ve tried to grow certain foods in abundance. This year, gardening with a toddler is going to mean slightly different goals: This kind […]

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Super speedy seedlings

Edible flowers being as trendy as they are, you might remember that we had great fun sowing some edible flower seeds together into tiny coir pots last weekend. I’ve only got one propagator and it’s going to be used for a different project and so it was with enormous delight that I realised that the […]

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Instaherbs; a cheat’s way to a herb garden

I have mentioned before that as I no longer have space to have propagators all over the house, I’m having to cheat in the garden by buying plant plugs rather than just sowing all of our seeds from scratch. This includes our herbs. Although I initially felt bad about this, I have to say that […]

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Planning a small urban garden

I am a massive Pintrest fan (LoveAndGarlic if you must know…) but when it comes to gardening, it fails me miserably. A search for “small gardens” invariably shows up a load of results that are all larger than the footprint of my whole house. Such is the problem with not living in America, land of Pintrest […]

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Blooming delicious: sowing edible flower seeds with a toddler

One of the nicest things about Spring has to be the promise of the growing season to come. I find myself genuinely excited by the appearance of tiny buds on stems and tiny seedlings peeping up above the earth for the first time. The outside world bursts with life and potential. With that in mind […]

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