A Little Daring

I grew Courgette, ‘Tondo Chiaro di Nizza’ about two years’ ago and it was delicious, so couldn’t resist growing it again. I tried Celtuce for about two years now and I have no idea where they disappeared to so I will try again. Sowing something new either for taste or curiosity will be grown again, if … More A Little Daring

Rock On Baby

I have, for some time, sown seeds in a windowsill propagator and potted the seedlings on into plastic drinking cups. This has been quite handy as the plant’s name can be written on the cup itself, saving the use of plant markers. I give away excess plants so I leave it to their adoptive parents … More Rock On Baby

Life Springs Eternal

The spring shrubs are preparing to show their finery in spite of the rain, wind and snow. The Camellia and its bigger siblings, the Rhododendrons are in bud just waiting to burst open in a few weeks. The Azalea is a little bit reluctant but there is still time for it to pull itself together … More Life Springs Eternal

A Healthy Option

I like growing kale, particularly to add to soup, but it is a lovely vegetable to eat whichever way you want. Kale sold in supermarkets is very rough cut and tough, and lacks flavour, so every year I battle with slugs, snails and caterpillars to grow it. I normally grow dwarf curly kale, then I … More A Healthy Option

Condiments and Coffee

Still the plant catalogues are falling through the letter box, advertising plants, seeds and many gifts to give a friendly gardener. I have tried many of their products between encouraging plants to grow and something to scare away the enemies. You can tot up quite a bit between all the deterrents, none of which seem … More Condiments and Coffee

The Bean Turn

Having put winged beans (Psophocarpus tetragonolobus) in the cold sowing bottles, I changed my mind and dug them out again. They are a warm weather bean and if they can’t grow when I follow the instructions, treating them the complete opposite would be a bigger mistake. By the time I had decided to do this, … More The Bean Turn

Welcome Back Tom

Last year I suffered so much from an allergy to tomato plants, I though I would have to say farewell to them. I believe I may only be allergic to the plant itself so I can continue to grow them – with caution. I can never resist a bargain and in spite of being determined … More Welcome Back Tom

Allot Of Worry

With many people being too busy, or not interested in gardens, the space they used to call a garden is getting covered over with some form of easy-care material. During a conversation with a friend who is about to move house, and was asking if the new house had a big garden and the reply … More Allot Of Worry