April 30, 2013

Bee Cool or Buzz off….

I have never been actively drawn to our crawling and buzzing friends but, as an organic allotmenter & gardener with hives but a stone’s throw from our plot, an avid watcher of the likes of Countryfile, and a ‘Greenie’ at heart, I have been following with sadness, the story related to the plight of our…

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April 26, 2013

Outside-Inside – Judge a book by its cover!

Why is it that stunning properties may often be surrounded by gardens that are mediocre at best and completely uninspired at worst?   It can’t be that we aren’t interested in gardens, because we are a nation of gardeners; we have the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS), the National Gardens Scheme and the Chelsea flower show is…

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April 21, 2013

Gardens for Year Round Interest:The Spring Garden

  Now that the weather is finally warming up and we are feeling more like getting out in our gardens and ready for the gardening season, here is a selection of some of my favourite spring plants and their value in planting design.  I have chosen them for a variety of reasons, whether it’s their…

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April 11, 2013

Our boutique allotment: Seeds, setts and chitting potatoes

Since my last blog about the plot: finishing the raised beds and constructing the polytunnel (as illustrated below!), things have been pretty busy deciding what to grow, getting seeds germinating and creating some key elements of our organic plot including a bug hotel seat and a compost area.  This blog is going to focus on…

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