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Category archives: Gardening with Expert Gardener Gareth Richards

New chooks on the block

The memorial service was short - just a couple of dozen well-wishers and a brief eulogy from a local Archbishop. RIP Battina the ex-battery hen.   Joking aside, I was rea[...]

Rhubarb rhubarb!

A frosty morning. Freezing fog hung low among the branches, and all was silent save the shrill calls of small birds clattering about in the willows behind my plot.   Too cold[...]

A long wait for a kiss

Funny, isn’t it, how some plants overwhelm you with their abundance of growth, while others are so slow they make you wonder whether they’re still alive.   My home-grown [...]

How not to garden

Ever looked through other people’s Facebook feeds and thought how their lives must be way better than yours? I reckon it’s something most of us feel from time to time.   [...]

Salad days

It might seem weird, writing about salads as we career headlong into the darkest days of the year. But trust me, there’s plenty to be munching on, if you know where to look and wha[...]

For the love of… frost?

I missed it. Dahlias frazzled and a thick layer of ice in the water butts were the only clues as I wrenched myself out of the house and hurried to the allotment into the watery lig[...]

Plants for new gardens

It’s a common conundrum - where on earth to start in a new garden. It’s exactly this problem that I’m facing, two months after moving into a house with just a bare patch of gravel [...]

Going Batty!

Confession time. I’m a bit batty. Take that as you will but I’m talking a deep admiration for small furry flying mammals, the mere thought of which makes some people want to scream[...]

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