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Author archives: David

Crocus before Christmas?

    There’s something wonderful about autumn-flowering bulbs. They feel, somehow, like a bit of a cheat, or an extra treat from the usual spring display of daff[...]

Making savings in the garden

Like all gardeners, I have my hoard of precious plants. Some people collect bonsai, others orchids or rhododendrons. My somewhat nomadic existence over the ten years since I gradua[...]

Apple Abundance

Apples are raining down from the trees on the allotment, making the chickens jump and me giggle. It has been a great year for apples, and all this rain has made them extra juicy. [...]

Dainty flowers in dusty shadows

When I lived in France, there was a tradition that in mid-August - the fifteenth to be precise (the holiday for the Assumption of the Virgin Mary) - meant huge thunderstorms, spell[...]

A Cut Above

A recent visit to Devon to see my parents provided the ideal opportunity to do a bit of what I call ‘titivating’ - those light garden jobs that aren’t too strenuous. Deadheading be[...]

Courgettes

    Ah courgettes, the taste of summer. We lucky gardeners can easily get our hands on all manner of varieties not available in the shops - they can be brig[...]

Rain or Tap Water?

The warmer weather is here which means a drier period for the garden so it’s time to water or spray your plants! Which is the best water to use – tap water or rain wate[...]

Watery Wisdom

The change over the last month on the allotment has been incredible. Where before was bare soil and neat little rows of seedlings there’s now a lush jungle. My sweetcorn plants hav[...]

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