Feed on


It all started with a few runner beans in the back garden, more years ago than I care to remember. Now I’ve got a whole allotment to myself and the veg are still making a bid to take over the flower border (to say nothing of ousting the geraniums from my patio pots. And the greenhouse). My poor allotment-widower husband and my two little girls have grown used to the sight of me elbow-deep in home-grown courgettes as the kitchen fills with the scent of bubbling chutney. And my kids eat sprouts. Happily. (Though they still prefer the strawberries – actually, secretly, so do I.). That alone makes growing your own worthwhile in my book.

All about me:

Most likely to be found: In the shed or at the end of a spade

General appearance: Muddy and a little windswept

Likes: Sun-warmed strawberries picked seconds before (actually, make that ‘loves’. With a passion)

Dislikes: Mice

Desert island fruit/vegetable: Did I mention the strawberries? And peas – also freshly-picked.

Other distractions: two benignly neglected but well-fed kids, a long-suffering husband, scruffy dog, three cats and varying numbers of chickens

16 Responses to “About”

  1. Arlene Calcano says:

    Do you have a catalogue? Can you send me one? Thank you.

  2. Julia says:

    Hi there,

    Great blog you’ve got here. I have a publishing idea I’d like to run past you – do you have an email address to which I can send a proposal?


  3. James says:


    I’m trying to get in touch with the top UK gardening bloggers but can’t seem to find an email address on you.

    Do you have one that I could get hold of you on?

    Many thanks,


  4. Ellie says:

    Hi- great gardening blog :)

    I would love to contribute an article on behlaf of Hartley Botanic, do you take guest posts?

    Kind regards

  5. Chris Bonnett says:

    well done on your blog, and good luck with the veg in 2011!

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  7. Carly Miller says:


    I have a quick question about your site. Would you mind emailing me back @ carlymiller687@gmail.com


  8. Chris Norton says:

    Hi I have a story which I think you will be interested in to do with school playgrounds and I would like to send it through to you can you send me your email when you have a second.



  9. Hi Sally,

    I just wanted to say I love the blog. I have a great recipe for sprouts which I’ll put write about when they come into season, perhaps you’ll like these even more than strawberries! Until then you can see some more recipes and we can compare notes on how our gardens grow -http://blog.theenduringgardener.com/

  10. Lucy says:

    Hi Sally

    I have a garden design opportunity that I hoped might be of interested for you but I cannot find your contact details. Would you mind dropping me an email to lucy@lucre.co.uk so I can give you somemore information. Apologies if this isn’t of interest.


  11. Vicky says:

    Hi Sally,

    I work on the Ronseal team here at Lucre and, having read your blog, I just wanted to drop you a quick note to say hello and introduce ourselves.

    We’re currently in the process of planning a brand new social campaign for Ronseal and, as an expert in gardening we’d really appreciate any feedback you have on our brand, our products or campaign activity. We’re also hoping to hold a number of product reviews, expert panels and engagement events in the future so if you’d be interested in taking part in such activities to do let us know.

    This leads me onto the first event we have organised on Friday 14th October, a live Twitter Q+A with RHS Young Garden Designer of the Year 2010 Hugo Bugg.

    Since claiming the coveted and prestigious award, Hugo has produced a RHS awarded Gold winning garden at the Royal Hampton Garden Show. The ‘Coppafeel’ charity garden which wowed judges at the event was in aid of breast cancer awareness. More details on this amazing garden and Hugo himself can be found on his website http://www.hugobugg.com/

    Hugo will be available from 12-2pm on our Twitter page @Ronseal to answer questions on gardening design, winter preparation or anything else related to the garden!

    We obviously would really like you to be involved in the session where hints and tips can be shared, furthermore we hope it may prove of interest for your readers.

    As aforementioned we really appreciate any feedback or suggestions you have.



  12. Paige Evans says:

    Hi Sally,

    I am writing to you on behalf of the Jordan Tourism Board, who are sponsoring a beautiful garden at this year’s RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show. I would like to email you the press release in case you’d like to know more. Anyhow, I thought it would be a good fit for your blog as this garden will be showcasing the unique diversity of Jordan’s 2,500 plant species and as drought is a concern for the UK, these plants from water-poor Jordan are actually suitable for drought conditions.

    If you are interested, the RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show begins on 3rd July, but press day is Monday 2nd July and I was hoping you’re attending? Press accreditation is done through the RHS, and you would have free entry. You can find more info here: http://press.rhs.org.uk/getdoc/c764aa3b-9c5d-42e1-ad5c-f1727317210b/Accreditation.aspx

    If this is of interest, please let me know and we are happy to arrange for you to come watch the garden being built, or a meet and greet with the garden designer Paul Hervey-Brookes himself. Please let me know if you have any questions.


    Paige N. Evans
    Jordan Tourism Board

  13. Yiota says:

    Hi there, I am currently studying Product design for an A level and I and intending on designing a product which allows gardening tools to be transported around a garden without all the hassle of carrying individual tools. As you have a gardening blog I was wondering if you could help me by answering a few questions for me.


    1) How much would you be willing to pay for a portable gardening tool caddy?

    £0 – £10 or £10-£20 or £20-£30 or £30-£40 or £40 +

    2) What are the top 10 tools which you use in your garden or own?

    3) Do you currently own a portable gardening tool system, what is it, how much did it cost?

    4) What colours do you think would be suitbale for this type of product

    - bold (red, yellow, purple) – Camouflaged (green, brown, black ) – neutral (yellow, blue, white)

    Thank you

    Yiota Panayi

    Tonbridge Grammar School

  14. Hello Sally,
    I’m a relatively new blogger and have been looking at various sites for inspiration and ideas. I’ve had a look at your blog and really enjoyed some of the posts- especially your recent ones about your new kitchen garden. Growing food is an interest of mine and over the past few years I’ve developed a semi-ornamental kitchen garden here at the ‘Old School Garden’ in Norfolk. I’ve recently posted on the subject of rotating crops in a challenging garden layout so am interested to see how your plans progress. I’ll follow your story if that’s OK. If you’re interested my blog is at http://www.audaxdesign.co.uk.
    Happy gardening!
    Nigel Boldero

  15. Hi Sally,

    We are looking to find promotional partners who might be interested in using our products as prizes for any competition activity they might be considering, i.e. we will donate x number of prize vouchers valued at around £250 each per winner, to be redeemed against any of our window blind products.

    Our objectives in doing such activity is to gain increased consumer exposure and increasing our LIKES through Facebook. And if possible to data capture participants names.

    If this is of interest I would welcome a brief discussion

    I look forward to hearing from you.

    All the best.

    Alistair Archer


    0115 9584647

  16. James Whiting says:

    Hi Sally,

    My name is James and I write for, and curate, the Garden Buildings Direct blog. I’m just emailing to let you know that we’ve recently released an article, by Guardian journalist Lia Leendertz, highlighting the enormous benefits of community garden projects in the UK. The article also contains a comprehensive list of some of the best community gardening projects in the country.


    At GBD, we’re really passionate about promoting community gardening, and we’re looking for like minded people to help us promote the good work of community gardeners across the country. From KGB, I already see that you have a real passion for gardening, so it would be great if you could share the article on your site and help spread the message of how beneficial community gardening can be.

    Many thanks,

    James Whiting

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