Growing From Seed

Growing from seed requires a certain amount of patience, which is not something I have in spades. It also requires persistence and occasionally a good sense of humour. I have a window sill in my utility room which gets pretty good sun and is ideally positioned for lavishing attention and expectation on lots of little…

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Ground Cover

No-one likes a bald spot right? For any garden big or small there are going to be spots where you might appreciate a plant that will take over like a blanket. This provides cover and interest, but also helps to stop weeds proliferating. These are the scrubby areas next to a building or beside the…

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Succession

Nope not the super cool HBO series, but the need to replace and rejuvenate horticulturally speaking. Kind of scary if like me you moved into an awesome garden and then realised you need to keep it going by doing more than a bit of watering, weeding and pruning. Doing this means taking care of: Planting…

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Collecting Seeds

Many of the flowers in our garden have seed heads right now. There are all shapes and sizes with the kids firm favourite being pinching off a poppy head and using it as a shaker. Generally you can tell if the poppy head is ready because it will be brownish rather than green and the…

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Wildflowers

I have this lost chunk of garden out by the drive. I call it my accidental flower bed. In my last post Strawberry Fields Forever I wrote about how brilliant I am at growing weeds and certainly this bed towers with goose grass and stinging nettles. Every now and then I tackle it whole heartedly…

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Strawberry Feast Forever

I recently wrote about gardening with the kids as part of the Kids Outdoors post. One of the finest things about having an oversized strawberry patch is having kids to go with it. Happily this weekend our strawberry patch burst into life. The strawberry patch is my favourite part of our madcap veg patch as…

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