Category Archives: Garden

New egg

I’ve not posted for a while, life seems to e oscillating between hope and despair with the way the world is going. We recently lost our chickens, one died of illness and the remaining two were probably taken by a … Continue reading

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Lime Hawk Moth rescue

Charlie our chocolate labrador found a lime hawk moth in the garden this afternoon. He didn’t quite know what to do with it! Fortunately I was able to rescue it before he did anything. A beautiful moth!

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Rip out that hedge

I’m sat this morning reading Peter Cooper about silent fields and also Charles Eisenstein’s “The More Beautiful World”. Catherine, just back from walking the dog, is inspecting the front garden, no doubt planning some changes. And I look at the … Continue reading

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Inspirational guerilla gardener

I’ve just received a link to a TED talk by the inspirational Ron Finley, a guerilla gardener in South Central Los Angeles. And I love the t-shirt that says that he wants to “unf#*ck the world” You can find it … Continue reading

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Signs of spring?

The last few mornings we have woken to the sound of birds singing and as we walk up the garden the frogs are massing in the ponds and croaking away. Is this spring on the way? I do hope so … Continue reading

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Hard graft

Today I went on my first ever grafting course, something I have been wanting to do for years. And it wasn’t hard at all! Niels Corfield of Edible Cities ran the course at Bardon Grange in Leeds. The sun shone … Continue reading

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Wood piles and rhubarb

I’ve just spent a wonderful few hours in the garden today and yesterday, the sun has shone, it’s been lovely and warm and we’ve started to feel our way into a new year in the garden.   A large amount … Continue reading

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Climate Change?

Is this a sign of things to come? A cowslip in the garden peaks out from the snow.

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Mini Hugelkultur beds (2)

My first Mini Hugelkultur bed has been surprisingly successful, especially considering that it was a small bed made with hedge trimmings and other garden rubbish. Below are some of the squashes we have picked and last night we tasted our … Continue reading

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Reconnecting to the subsoil

I gave a bit of background about the soil in our garden in a previous blog. The topsoil in our raised beds is separated from the clay subsoil by the cinder of the old tennis courts which means that the … Continue reading

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