The seedling slaughter, or, death by over-ambition

I am known, amongst those of my close acquaintance, for occasionally over-reaching myself. I’ve always felt that if I’m going to hit a brick wall in any of my endeavours, I’ll do it at a run. Some of the time this attitude has served me well but horticulturally it’s becoming something of a problem. My […]

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Sowing seeds with a toddler

Ever since my oldest son was born, I’ve always tried to interest him in the outdoor world. We go for walks whatever the weather, we look at trees and plants and birds and investigate animal holes and tracks and calls. We also mess about in the garden, and he’s joined me in the garden since […]

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Driving them up the wall: Garlic chives and rocket in wall planters

Wall planters before I know that I bang on and on about having to use every last bit of space in my little garden and the truth of the matter is that it all really comes down to my desire for GarlicBoy to have some space to play. That manicured handkerchief sized bit of lawn […]

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Carrots: the second sowing

Setting everything out before we starts ensures the two year old is interested I always feel so brutal when I have to thin out seedlings and I really have to force myself to do it. I spur myself on with memories of the Great Garlic Failure of 2015 and try to remind myself that life […]

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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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Sowing seeds with a toddler: Proper propagators

With the growing space that I used to use pre-baby occupied by a busy toddler who has more personal belongings than many Royals, I’ve been severely limited in how many seeds I can sow from scratch. I did have a very small greenhouse but walls of glass and busy bouncing boys didn’t really seem to […]

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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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Sow many plans, sow little time

On Easter Monday the lovely Mr Garlic helped me to do a whole morning of gardening. Because I’m stuck on the knee scooter with a broken foot (and my stupid scooter doesn’t fit into the side return), he was wonderful and shuttled back and forth with bags of soil and bean shoots and all sorts […]

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The international language of seeds (or so I’d hoped)

Being a foreigner myself (albeit a bit of a fake one), I sympathise with anybody that comes to the UK and struggles to make themselves understood. Take, for example, my lovely yellow climbing French beans. Or haricots, if you will. They came with a pleasingly incomprehensible instruction illustration.You will laugh, oh experienced gardener readers, when […]

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Potting on

Once the first flurry of joyous seed sowing starts, I find that things quickly settle down to a comfortable rhythm of sowing and potting on. So it was with a big smile on my face that I proceeded to move the first of my tiny sprouts into small pots on the weekend. I think that […]

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