I am almost too eager to get out and tackle the rising Essex jungle at the back of my house to pen this bank holiday entry. Almost. It is all going on, in a borderline ferocious fashion thanks to all the recent bouts of downpour punctuated sunshine. Like so many areas of this blogger's life, … Continue reading Grow Your Own! A Welcome Return
You may have noticed that in between the bitingly cold mornings there is a fair bit of sunshine and spring-like-action occurring at the moment. The evenings are lighter. The finches are back. It is gardening time, and this year I’m ready for it. The last growing season has been basically a long, hard learning experience … Continue reading Grow Your Own! Round Two
It might seem an odd time of year to add to the gardening chapters, there was a scandalous dusting of snow over my poor car this morning for heavens sake who wants to be outside if they don't have to!?!? Actually, I do, and I have spent some good hours outside recently getting dirty and … Continue reading Grow Your Own- Oh But It’s Cold Outside!
It had to happen, right? I had to get something else edible from my first summer of amateur cultivation? Well that something turns out to be carrots, Nantes 5 carrots specifically and I am still reeling in the thrill of that little harvest 2 weeks ago. After tiny onions, sludge ridden herbs and desolated cabbage … Continue reading Grow Your Own- A Triumph of Carrots!
There are lessons in life for all and from all things, however the lessons from trying to manage my new garden seem to have turned into something of a beating. It's all going wrong. The WTF tree previously thought to be an apple is now heavily endowed with bright and utterly rotten plums, oozing with … Continue reading Grow Your Own- A Cruel Summer
Show me a happy, relaxed gardener in my part of England at the moment and I will show you a man with only paving and pot plants. Consistent extremes of blazing sun and driving rain have caused exponential growth explosion that would have been a challenge to control if I hadn't been working the last … Continue reading Grow Your Own- It’s A Jungle Out There
I can't imagine that I would have ever believed that the day would come to pass that I would find the lack of the need to buy lettuce so utterly thrilling. I never really bought much of it anyway, it goes soggy in the lunch box and never tastes of much, not to mention the … Continue reading Grow Your Own- The Salad Days