tips for a low maintenance garden, paved garden path

Tips for a low maintenance garden

You probably won't be too surprised that gardening is a big part of my life, but for most people this definitely isn't the case. Work, hobbies, a house to run, children and families take up most of the time and gardening, even if you love it, has to be fitted in around all this other stuff. So … [Read More...]

growing flowers from seed

Growing flowers from seed

Isn't the thought of picking flowers from your garden (or allotment) a lovely one? Even the tiniest bunch with lots of foliage in it to bulk it up is so … [Read More...]

A classic plant combination

A classic plant combination

Putting plants together can be a bit of a puzzle, so I use a sort of template that makes life a lot easier. The first thing to sort out is the type of soil, i.e. … [Read More...]

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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 … [Read More...]

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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...]

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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...]

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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...]