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Category archives: Gardening with Expert Gardener Gareth Richards

Sow far behind!

If you feel like you’re not up to speed with your garden, take heart. April has a horrible habit of vanishing all too quickly - it tends to be full of such inconveniences as friend[...]

Going Dutch

Nothing quite prepares you for a visit to Holland in the springtime. People talk of ‘flower fields’ but when you get there, it’s so vast and colourful that you feel as if y[...]

Year of the what?!

You might’ve missed it, owing to such piffles as the imminent shuffling of suits in Westminster, ebola, the privatisation of the NHS, etc, but 2015 is Year of the Sunflower*. S[...]

Here come the girls

Meet Thelma and Louise. They’re the latest additions to our rapidly growing (home garden) hen count, just over three weeks old and already full of chirpy energy. They, and [...]

One man went to sow

“Wildflower meadow”. Can there be two more enticing words in the English language? They conjure up images of turning your lawn into a flowery paradise, buzzing with bees and other [...]

I’m gonna be (500 miles)

Today, in effect, I moved 80 square feet of my garden to Bordeaux. How wonderful is that? Plentiful sun-ripened tomatoes, succulent melons and armfuls of fresh basil are now within[...]

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[...]

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