I’ve bean trying to learn from past mistakes

Last year I decided to try to grow peas and beans in recycled shopper bags. It didn’t really work. The bags didn’t hold their shape and so the bean and peas couldn’t scramble up the supporting canes properly. My harvest was pretty minute but what I did get was utterly delicious. So with that in […]

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The mysterious case of the weeds in (some of) the garlic beds

My side return is, by definition, narrow. And the raised beds that I have there (filled with garlic and rhubarb) are currently performing very nicely. I have eight varieties of garlic in there, and three of rhubarb. The side return is technically south facing but it’s so narrow that the sun hits it for about […]

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The revival of the rhubarb (or, a Rheum rendition of "I will survive")

Warbled (badly) to the tune of Gloria Gaynor’s “I will survive”At first I was afraid, I was petrifiedBrought home from RHS Wisley (that plant shop outside)And then I spent all winter long, feeling sorry for myselfIn the cloche I’d hide, feeling safer there insideI took my time, I will surviveFor a while there I looked […]

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Gardening for the disabled

Last month I mentioned that I’ve cleverly broken my foot (to be exact, I’ve sustained a Lisfranc fracture which is a horrible thing that takes months to recover from). This has been difficult enough in terms of looking after the GarlicBaby (who is starting to crawl – eek!) but at least there we’ve been able […]

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Planting garlic on the shortest day of the year

Dahlia checking the garlic bulbs pre-planting Garlic takes a good long time to mature and so traditionally it would be planted on the shortest day to give it enough time to grow big and strong in time for harvest on the longest day of the year. And so it was that on the 21st of […]

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Harvest Monday: 30/6/14

Look! Mangetout! The “beanbags” One of the blogs that I read is the lovely Daphne’s Dandelions. And so now that I’ve finally got some of my plants to start producing things I can eat (more than just herbs that is), I have decided to pluck up the courage to join her link party on Harvest […]

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Living space vs gardening space: How to divide a small urban garden

Whilst I want to grow as much of our produce as possible, I also want to ensure that our tiny patio garden is somewhere we have space to relax. One of the problems with living in the city is how little space there is overall and dividing it up between practical and relaxing areas. I’ve […]

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