Category Archives: Gardening


Grass is an amazing plant. It thrives in the toughest of conditions, it doesn’t mind if you step on it, or if you cut it once a week, or even if you ignore it and let it grow into a … Continue reading

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A Baseline

“Spring has returned. The Earth is like a child that knows poems.” Rainer Maria Rilke Yesterday I was over at the allotments, and I was lucky enough to bump into the preschool children, who were doing their Thursday forest club. … Continue reading

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Ever since I started growing vegetables, I have been a dab hand at growing carrots. In the first few years that I grew them, the children would form a queue for the place where they could pull up handfuls of … Continue reading

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*Flower Show*

I’m not the world’s biggest fan of competitions. Mostly because I can’t be bothered to enter something if I’m not going to win it (which ruled out pretty much all of Sports Day for me as a child) but also … Continue reading

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Summer 10

1. Build a miniature garden with my daughter. (Done.) 2. Read and review a big pile of books by female education writers. (In progress.) 3. Spend time with family and friends. (Booked and coming up fast.) 4. Think up perfect … Continue reading

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Harvest Home

  Before: 7th March 2015   After: 1st July 2015 One of the things I love most about a project is the way that it forces you to wait for gratification. Just under four months ago, my allotment was a … Continue reading

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Everything is Awesome

The way I see it, you can look at life in one of two ways. You can look at the negatives, the problems, the issues, the failures. This can be useful in terms of change, but it can tend to … Continue reading

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Different Strokes

Pumpkin is the King of the (horse poo) Heap. Coddle him early, and eventually he’ll take over. I love Sweetpeas. Give her something to cling onto, then wait with bated breath to inhale her scent. Gladioli is very hands off. … Continue reading

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Run, Chicken, Run

It’s raining tonight. Gardeners love the rain (especially when it comes at the right time, and if you have a greenhouse, you can hide there instead sowing seeds.) I swear I heard the ground heave a sigh of relief, as … Continue reading

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Sowing my Seeds with Love

Some plants will grow, whatever you do to them. They have long tap roots, or winding ones, that reach long or wide under the ground. Even when you try to dig them up, they have a tendency to come back. … Continue reading

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