I’m a bit of a sucker for seed swaps. I like feeling that you can spread the love a little: I always end up with far more seeds than I could ever sow, some given to me, others bought on impulse at nurseries, garden centres and flower shows, and still more saved from my own plants in [...]
Category Archive for 'Unusual veg'
You can do pretty well on the self-sufficiency front from an average back garden. A couple of chickens, a corner for fruit, and the rest for as many spuds, beans and cabbages as you can squeeze in gives you the basic requirements. You might even get away without buying your meat if you go vegetarian [...]
Plonk a bit of almost any herb out of the garden in a mug of boiling water and you’ve got a herbal tea. I’ve tried mint, rosemary, chamomile (an acquired taste) and lemon verbena: all refreshing, virtuously cleansing and with pleasingly beneficial effects on various bits of your anatomy. But what if you want to grow [...]
Some may call it a lamentable need for distraction: gardening in the age of Twitter and Facebook. I call it an inquiring mind in the pursuit of a fuller appreciation of the infinitely varied world of edible plants. But then I would, since I’m doing it. I’m talking about looking out for something different - anything different [...]
The first frosts of the season have arrived with a vengeance. This has come as something of a shock, in a part of the country where last year, the first frost (and that a rather paltry -1°C) didn’t arrive till 13th January. In a way, it’s a good thing; in another, it’s very, very bad. Good: [...]