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Author archives: David

Feelin’ hot hot hot!

 I fell in love with chillies while working on an avocado orchard in New Zealand back in 2007. I was living in a hut out in the bush and WWOOFing during our customary winter break [...]

To dig, or not to dig? Part 1

“Yippee” I thought, as the dark, freshly-turned folds of fenland soil presented themselves to me the first time I clapped eyes on my allotment just under two years ago. At first gl[...]

Hello Iris

  What a difference a fortnight can make! When I wrote about my hyacinths two weeks ago, they were a glimmer of indoor hope as I battened down the hatches for yet another d[...]

Taking the plunge

After years “behind the scenes”, stood behind BBC cameras with a clipboard, tapping away at a computer for the RHS and working in the peace of a hillside garden in Provence, I fina[...]

Herbtastic!

There is something really satisfying about growing your own herbs. A cheeky snip of home grown basil, chives, mint or coriander into a lovingly prepared dish adds a level of comple[...]

Beating blues with blue

As soon as I opened the front door I knew. A long-lost scent hit my nostrils, richly fragrant and unashamedly old-school floral. The hyacinths had opened. I smiled and shut the doo[...]

Bring on the Spring!

I love a crisp cold winter’s morning as much as the next person. But there really is something uplifting about seeing the first signs of spring! The mighty winter aconites a[...]

Happy Gardening for 2015

Hopefully we will soon be leaving the dull drab days behind us and looking ahead to the wakening up of our gardens. For lots of us we will see the return of our much loved favourit[...]

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