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Tags archives: gardening

A cool Chelsea

If only May were eight weeks long. If whoever’s in charge could just lop a fortnight off November and another from February wouldn’t that be lovely? Mind you, some days this[...]

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[...]

The year that was... 2014

  2014 was the year where I discovered the joy of growing crops (except squashes) from my own saved seeds; three characterful, mischievous chickens joined me at the allotme[...]

The Late Late Sow

  Midsummer’s day came and went, much like England’s world cup dreams. For me the sadness of shortening days is tempered by the joy of much less chat about football. No[...]

The War On Slugs - Part 2

Following on from last week’s guide to mollusc-bashing, here are some more ways to banish slugs from your garden. The War on Slugs has three fronts. The chemical (poisoning with[...]

The War On Slugs - Part 1

Slugs, the one thing all gardeners can agree on. The bêtes noires of borders from Brighton to Birmingham? Right? Well, no, actually...  Here in the UK we have around 30 native s[...]

The Chelsea Chop

“Oh so you’ve done the Chelsea Chop have you?” - accompanied by a knowing nod of approval and a slight air of smugness. It’s one of those gardening rites of passage, a little piece[...]

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