a new garden-pink hellebore

A new garden

A new garden is both a wonderful thing and ever so slightly daunting, there's a lot to do to get it looking just right with many decisions in between. So here's few things about our new garden, some pretty plants have emerged amongst the brambles during the three weeks that we've been … [Read More...]

growing potatoes, www.growingnicely.co.uk

Growing potatoes

It's just over two weeks since we moved, and whilst unpacking and settling in continues, not really a chore because we love the new place, time for the allotment is … [Read More...]

roasted winter squash, www.growingnicely.co.uk

Roasted winter squash recipe

It's true that I did bang on quite a bit about Uchiki kuri winter squash last year, but they were fun to grow, romping away up their cane wig-wams, producing lovely … [Read More...]

Bring the garden inside, daffodil bulbs

Bring the garden inside.

When it's wet and windy outside all those little changes that are happening in the garden don't get noticed as I rush past everything on my way to the shed or the … [Read More...]

Nandina domestica, the perfect evergreen shrub

The perfect evergreen shrub

Finding the perfect black dress, or the perfect restaurant is not an easy thing. Fashions change, the chef may have an off-night, but the perfect evergreen shrub is … [Read More...]

trellis for vegetables

The allotment plan for 2015

We're having an allotment meeting at the pub next month,  it'll be a nice, sociable thing to do, but the main reason is to share notes about what grew well last year … [Read More...]

Kale, the allotment in December, Cavalo nero,

The allotment in December

The allotment in December looks very different to the abundant place of a few months ago. The pickings are a bit sparse, but I'm impressed that such short amounts … [Read More...]

Garlic, so easy to grow-Red Donetsk-hardneck

Grow garlic, it’s so easy.

Garlic is so easy to grow and can be used in so many dishes,  it's also a plucky little plant growing through the harshest winters, in fact it's the first frost that … [Read More...]

Hippeastrum Ferrari, www.growingnicely.co.uk

How to grow Amaryllis

An indoor plant with big, glamorous flowers is just what's needed at this time of year to brighten things up, and Hippeastrum (Amaryllis) are perfect for … [Read More...]

how to plant a tree, apple trees at the allotment

How to plant a tree

I would love to have lots of trees, in fact I hanker after a small woodland, just three or four acres would do me nicely. Somewhere to swan around, day-dream, cook … [Read More...]

Prunus serrula, Tibetan cherry,

Trees for small gardens

It’s coming up to the perfect time to plant a tree and since it’s one of the biggest things you’ll plant in your garden it’s worth a bit of consideration before you … [Read More...]

lemon verbena

Luscious lemon verbena syrup

Lemon is a favourite cake flavour, but if you want to avoid buying lemons that have been shipped across, the perfect alternative could be growing right outside your … [Read More...]

Growing tulips, Tulip Abu Hassan, www.growingnicely.co.uk

Growing tulips

Tulips are a favourite, I plant them every year, but they need treating differently to other spring flowering bulbs, so I thought they deserved a post all of their … [Read More...]

how to build a pond. a wildlife pond

How to make a garden pond

A pond is great for us organic gardeners, it's a good way of attracting friendly creatures like birds, frogs and toads into your garden to eat up slugs and other … [Read More...]