Tag Archives: Square-foot Gardening

Growing with Raised Beds

January and February are an ideal time to add raised beds to the garden, as everything is dormant, and there aren’t many other jobs to be done. Before installing the raised beds, the ground needs to be cleared and the site levelled. If you want to have a row of raised beds you might like […]

Taking stock of what has and hasn’t grown

Looking around the show gardens at Hampton Court made me realise what a beginner I really am. My inexperience has made me lose plants and harvest because I should have been on top of them a bit more…Why do I say this? I should have cut back tomatoes more and not let them ‘do their […]

HOT! HOT! Hampton Court

What a week to pick for Hampton Court Flower Show.  The weather just got hotter and hotter. I had taken sun dresses and lots of sun cream just in case the forecast was correct, but you never know do you? The Access Garden Products stand was the nicest I have ever seen.  They received a […]

Harvesting broad beans and garlic

I remember taking photos of tiny shoots of garlic poking through the snow back in that awful winter than still makes me shudder. It looked so vulnerable and delicate against everything that winter threw at it.  Yet it and its fellow garlic plants have not only survived the winter, they have grown into fabulously strong […]

No time for housework!

You turn your back for just a few days and everything in the garden seems to double in size! I went to Malvern on Thursday afternoon to find my way ready to be on the Access Garden Products stand at Malvern Spring Show on Friday morning. Such a lovely day I had talking to lots […]

One small step for an experienced gardener

Do you remember all those months I wrote all kinds of things on this blog whilst it snowed and snowed?  Well for the last 10 days, it’s been sun sun sun!  So very lovely and my seedlings are looking like plants! I fit this gardening lark into pockets of time in between what is becoming […]

Sunshine

I just love being British!  As soon as the sun comes out, we’re out there in it!  Sitting in it and barbequing in it, just in case it doesn’t last long. The garden is paying back our efforts ten fold, looking so lovely.  My peonie which I mentioned purchasing at considerable cost is in bud!  […]

I want instant results!

This is one of my worst failings!  Now that the sun is shining, the mini greenhouses are as warm as toast and I’ve trays and trays of seeds in compost and vermiculite – I want to see them sprouting.  This is a good lesson in life for me.  Some things take time and they are […]

Easter Sunday

Easter Sunday was a day I had promised to myself as the day to sow more seeds and tidy up the garden – along with enjoying being with my family and friends. Mark had decided to scarify the lawn, (for those who don’t know about this strange pass time, you rake the lawn to remove […]

A Good Friday allotment rule – apparently.

I have had a text from my friend Tess to say that allotment growers always plant their chitted potatoes on Good Friday. I don’t know if this is true, but it motivated me to plant my ‘Rocket’ potatoes in the raised bed with the polythene cover over it. My favourite film of all time is […]