It’s a carrot calamity

A while ago, toddler GarlicBoy and I sowed some carrot and beetroot seeds in one of our shadier raised beds. I have to admit, I have been seriously worried about them. I had to cover the seeds with a cloche tunnel because the cats kept lying on the raised bed but I think that stopped […]

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Hanging raspberry canes can’t (or at least it appears that way…)

Pretty unimpressive before planting You know the old saying “too good to be true”? Well I think I may have fallen for the marketing hype on some raspberry plants to replace my old¬†Raspberry canes. They claim to be trailing or tumbling canes that you can grow in hanging baskets. This makes me suspicious in the […]

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Plugging the gaps in the raised beds

I sometimes wonder if people with an allotment or vegetable beds in their garden face the same complications that I do when it comes to deciding what to plant where. Even if I’d been growing my own plants from seed rather than cheating and didn’t have to wait for the plug plants to be shipped […]

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Harvest Monday: Herby harvest

My urban garden harvest so far in 2017 has mainly comprised of herbs. This is perhaps unsurprising when you consider that it’s very early April, in London and that the climate in the UK is pretty inhospitable at this point in the year. I’m actually not at all unhappy with this, as I love to […]

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DIY irrigation using soda bottles

Years ago I decided to install a homemade drip-feed system of soda bottles to water my pots and raised beds. But having filled the one nearest to my beloved plum tree yesterday, I noticed this morning that the water level hadn’t dropped. The culprit was the lid of the old water bottle I was using. […]

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Meritocracy in action: thinning seedlings

Before After (poor seedlings…) As predicted when I sowed seeds into my only propagator with my two year old GarlicBoy, some of the smaller ones (in this case, French Marigolds) did get spread around a bit. So given that here at Garlic Towers, we like to see hard-working seeds succeed, we had to thin them […]

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Mintybags: Planting a herbal vertical garden

Tear, crunch, rend…the poor mint! Filling the planters takes an age There is no mistaking the slightly sickening feeling of roots being ripped apart or severed under your trowel. It feels (and sounds) like lots of tiny wires snapping under high tension and the lurch of the tummy that goes with it when you hear […]

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Herbal hanging baskets

When trying to decide what we should plant in our tiny garden, I strove to get as wide a variety of edible produce as possible. I did, however, want to ensure we have a herb garden as well as I use herbs in a large amount of my cooking. The problem with herbs is the […]

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Biblical floods, or, Watering the garden with a toddler

Of all of the gardening tasks that we have to do, digging, sowing, weeding, moving things around, one chore stands out as a complete and utter treat for GarlicBoy. The promise of being allowed to water the garden (with the hose of course) is something that he’ll do anything for. And he’s really thorough! A […]

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Carrot cloche vs cats: the grudge match

Hurrah! A new toy! Or is it…? There must be a way in.¬† Plotting. Waiting. Bit more plotting. Imagine, for a moment, that you are a cat. A fluffy cat, one of a pair, confident in your status as adored object in a house largely ruled by the whims and caprices of small creatures. Now […]

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