seed-saving-seed pod

How to save seeds from your own garden

There’s something very satisfying about collecting flower, herb and vegetable seeds from your own garden, and it's sustainable gardening at it's very best. The plants from collected seeds may not be like their parent if the seed was visited by pollinating insects, doing the rounds of other … [Read More...]

front gardens-paving

Sustainable front gardens.

It’s surprising how many things a front garden can be used for, its usually used as a place to park the car and somewhere to keep the bins, but even the smallest can … [Read More...]

jars of red onion marmalade

Red onion marmalade

This is one of the most delicious relishes that I've ever made. I've had red onion marmalade on my to-make list for a while now and I don't know why I waited this … [Read More...]

yellow rudbeckia flowers,

Plants for damp places.

The state of my garden is frankly a bit embarrassing, there's a neglected air about it and too few plants for my liking. So after living here for five months, a plan … [Read More...]

garlic from the allotment,

Curing garlic for storage

So you've dug up all your garlic bulbs that were planted last autumn, but there's only so much fresh garlic you can eat, and stashing produce away to use later is … [Read More...]

harvesting garlic, fresh garlic,

Harvesting garlic

The allium family could easily be one of my favourites because it includes those wonderful flowers that pop up every where in June, then there are its’ vegetable … [Read More...]

Nectaroscordum siculum

Nectaroscordum siculum

Meet Nectaroscordum siculum, a classy member of that attractive family, the Alliums. The tissue covered flower buds gradually open in early summer to reveal … [Read More...]

mint growing in a plant pot

Mint tea anyone?

Mint is such a wonderful herb, it’s useful for sweet and savoury recipes and has lots of health benefits too; it's free of caffeine, choc full of vitamins, … [Read More...]

the many uses for a cold frame,

Four uses for a cold frame

Owning a cold-frame for the first time this year has been a bit of a revelation for me. I didn't appreciate how many uses they have and what a handy bit of gardening … [Read More...]

garlic rust

What to do about garlic rust

It's been blissfully pest-free so far at the allotment this year, so I admit to getting a bit complacent, or at least not vey attentive, because I didn't notice that … [Read More...]

Pelargonium Ardwick Cinnamon

Pretty pelargoniums

The first thing to sort out is the name of these lovely plants, often called geraniums, they are in fact Pelargoniums, though they are all part of the same … [Read More...]

micro greens

How to grow micro greens.

Fancy growing salads on your window-sill that are choc full of flavour and ready to eat in only about seven days? Me too, so I’ve been growing micro greens, those … [Read More...]