March 29, 2015

Our Kitchen garden extension (The Boutique Allotment Plus)

  Ha Ha, as the saying goes, be careful what you wish for! You may recall my previous blogs about my love of kitchen gardens, both designing them and managing them! This passion includes advising clients and designing their kitchen gardens. You may also recall my award-winning show garden at Grand Designs Live with the…

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July 11, 2013

Wildlife needs your help! -Create a home for nature in your garden

The recent news that our wildlife is struggling, revealed following a study of UK wildlife which suggested that 60% of all species are in decline is worrying.  This comes at a time when the EU have recently voted to ban the use of neonicotinoids on crops that are pollinated by bees following concerns over the decline…

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June 24, 2013

Why the grass isn’t always greener- Alternatives to lawn

Perfect green lawns are an English obsession and have been so for centuries- the sweeping green lawns of Capability Brown in the 17th Century are iconic statements and without the lawnmower, cricket, football, ruby & tennis would not have become the games they are today.  But are traditional lawns always appropriate in our gardens? Will…

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May 28, 2013

Chelsea flower show 2013-my impressions mark 3: Favourite plants

I have to confess that I spent so much time looking around the show gardens at Chelsea (check out my favourites here) that by the time I was able to get to the Grand Pavillion in the late afternoon and some of the nursery plants, I was a little bit exhausted (I suppose that I…

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May 18, 2013

Our boutique allotment: Sustainable approaches to growing food

“We have not inherited the land from our ancestors; we have borrowed it from our children …”
   by Dennis J. Hall
 Office of Land Use   To me, this statement helps to define the very essence of why we need to ensure that we preserve and effectively manage the environment in which we live.…

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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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