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 […]Read More 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 […]Read More Grow Your Own- The Salad Days
*reader warning- more bad language than usual I’ve got a few days off the day job this week and today was always aside for completing my tax return so obviously, here we are with some garden updates! Spring has truly sprung now on the Essex coast which basically means regular rain and mildly chilly evenings […]Read More Grow Your Own! Pests, plagues and pretties.
Good morning Green Fingerers, this post comes to you from a firm plot on the sofa sponsored by the consistent drumming of rain on double glazing. So, another rained off Saturday garden date however I can observe good things from this side of the patio doors. Although inedible, it is consistently satisfying to see a […]Read More Grow Your Own- If Only We Had Ducks
So we find ourselves in chilly March, prime sowing season and maddeningly result free period. This is a time of lingering frosts, extensive reading and furious glares at the lack of fresh green shoots poking up through the crumbly, painstakingly turned earth. Patience is not a virtue I was blessed with, therefore in lieu of […]Read More Grow Your Own: The Bare Earth Times
I’ve romanticised for many a year on the prospect of home grown produce. Plump green tomatoes jewelling the garden. Straight proud rows of asparagus in tight tidy lines like soldiers. Boozy soft plums you pick a week too late and get drunk on. All the while flapping diaphonously around an immaculately pruned garden with gleaming […]Read More Grow Your Own!
Gardening doesn’t really come easily to me, mostly because I don’t have a garden unless you count the sunless patch of communal grass riddled with fag ends and staffy wee at the front of my block of flats. In fact any hands on cultivation of that land could well end up in literally green fingers. […]Read More Home Sprouts Part One: Puy Lentils