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My new toy

The garden measures 100m from end to end and 40m wide. Whenever I garden there’s always something heavy that I need from …

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Phoenix in the greenhouse

On 23 August I decided to carry out an experiment. I’ve had a greenhouse for a while, but only ever used it …

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Going all Baden-Powell

A Scout is never taken by surprise; he knows exactly what to do when anything unexpected happens. Never having been a boy, …

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Phew what a scorcher!

Although this morning’s haul from the vegetable garden looks pretty abundant, overall it’s been a poor year for produce from my potager …

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An August update

Sowing winter crops It’s been a while since the last post but it’s been so hot for weeks now that gardening happens …

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Plant supports

I haven’t been able to find plant supports anywhere commercially, so we got some made. They work a real treat and are …

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A catch up

The garden is in full bloom at the moment. We’ve had a surprisingly cool and wet month or so and the plants …

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Eager anticipation

Having given myself the target of opening the garden to public scrutiny soon, the prospect of shame has galvanised me into herculean …

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Sweet potatoes

Despite grey skies and a steady drizzle, I drove off to the annual Floralies in St Thibery early this morning. By the …

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The Buddha’s Hand

I was lucky enough to be given one of these amazing citrus plants last year. It wasn’t looking super-happy, but a winter …

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Please pee on my lemons

If you’ve ever listened to Gardeners’ Question Time on Radio 4 you will almost certainly have heard Bob Flowerdew extolling the virtues …

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Help in the garden

I do 99% of the gardening, although Ali sometimes offers to weed the parterre which is my most loathed job. On the …

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I’ve been waiting..

…for the big freeze to come. It’s been the most ridiculously mild winter that, counter-intuitively, I am really late with my seed …

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What a glorious autumn

We’re having a ridiculously warm and dry autumn, with temperatures steadily in the mid-20sC. Normally we would have frosty mornings, but the …