Going up in the world: The amazing climbing strawberry "Mount Everest"

I wonder if I’m being a bit too ambitious with all of the unusual plants that I’m taking on this year? First the hanging raspberry (which has admittedly keeled over as promised but has yet to produce any fruiting fronds), and now this, a climbing strawberry. I’m trying the perennial “Mount Everest” climbing strawberry plant. […]

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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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First harvest of 2017!

*Drumroll please*. It is with enormous pleasure that I can now reveal the first of our 2017 harvest! It is a sprig of Rosemary, which we used in one of my absolutely favourite comfort dishes for cold weather, Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall’s Chicken with lentils and rosemary. A puny harvest? Yes. Technically cheating as I bought rosemary […]

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Starting afresh: planting a cover crop in raised beds

The only nice thing about having our poor little urban garden decimated by our builders was that I was able to start again, planting a completely toddler-friendly garden from scratch without feeling bad about rooting up existing plants (because the builders had killed them all). But one of the problems with that is that it […]

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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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Return of the cats (and their tiny urban garden domain)

Hello good people of the interweb! I’m back. It’s been years since I’ve written about our garden but now that GarlicBaby is GarlicBoy (and a keen tiny gardener), it felt like a good time to get back to the keyboard. A lot has changed, not least our house (which we spent the whole of 2016 […]

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Aims for 2015

I’ve been thinking about all of the ways in which our garden is making us happy and I thought I’d try to organise said happiness into a list of all of the things I’d like to get from it this year. So here are my main aims, in no particular order. Did I miss any?1. […]

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