The Birds and Bees

So far my planting has been mainly for the table but I still get concerned about our disappearing urban gardens’ effect on wildlife. Having cut down a juniper bush which had been accidentally trimmed too severely, I decided to remove it. I’ve only cut it down to above ground level as the roots will probably … More The Birds and Bees

Saving the Planet

Sometimes I feel I am alone on my mission to save the planet. I do wish more people would take on board, how being an easy living, throwaway society is killing the planet and damaging our own health. I’ve known people who lived on takeaways because they never took the trouble or time to learn … More Saving the Planet

Colour Me Autumn

It’s rather sad that autumn colours don’t stay longer. It doesn’t take long for that beautiful, colourful mantle to disappear. Some of the leaves didn’t take time to present a colourful show whilst others were ablaze. The leaves of the Acer are all gone now, but those on its neighbouring contorted hazel are a mix … More Colour Me Autumn

September Harvests

It’s quite sad to think we’ve reached the ‘end of’ days. End of long summer nights, end of summer harvests etc. and although I still have some plants on the go, the greenhouse is looking a bit forlorn without all the tomato plants. Usually the hydroponic tank races away with tomato growth, but not this … More September Harvests

Pickled Pink

I like sweet pickled beetroot and for many years, I didn’t know there were so many varieties of beetroot available. Having been given a couple of very large beetroots, I wondered how best to cook and preserve them. The biggest one was a Chioggia beetroot with beautiful rings of red and white. It’s much sweeter … More Pickled Pink