Christmas decorations from the garden, pine-cones

Christmas decorations from the garden

Christmas is just around the corner and there's still lots to do, but this hasn't stopped me having having a little craft session to make some Christmas decorations. Pine cones are just the job for this, they look nice and natural, but they need a touch of glitz to stop it looking as if you've … [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...]

How to dry sage leaves, www.growingnicely.co.uk

How to dry sage leaves.

Sage is a favourite plant, a perfect pairing for rich flavoured meat like pork and adds lots of flavour to potato dishes and bread stuffings. I thought it would be … [Read More...]

how to make lavender sugar, lavender flowers

How to make lavender sugar

Lavender is so lovely at this time of year, the scent is one of my favourites for candles and room sprays, so I've been thinking of ways to capture and keep it. I … [Read More...]

late flowersing, Sedum spectabile, ice plant

Late summer flowering plants

It's about this time of when the garden can flag and there's a little less colour, but with some planning it's easy to have a few late summer flowering plants keep … [Read More...]