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Daylilies are edible – how to eat from your flowerbed

Edible daylilies and more exciting plants you can eat from Incredible Edibles by Matthew Biggs

'Daylilies are edible' I said to our guests. 'So we're going to dig some up this weekend and eat them.' Everyone was very positive (although they may have been secretly googling 'are daylilies edible?' behind…

April 8th, 2018 - Garden trends & design, Grow-your-own

20+ best vegetable varieties to grow

I'm creating a super-list of the best vegetable varieties to grow. Out of curiosity, I threw myself on the mercy of Twitter. I asked the garden and allotment bloggers which one vegetable variety they wouldn't…

February 11th, 2018 - Grow-your-own, Middlesized country, Vintage & thrift

Natural dye from your garden – beautiful, creative and easy

Yasmin Hossain makes natural dye from garden plants. She uses it to dye beautiful silk and wool fabrics. And I believe that grow-your-own dyes from garden plants is a trend that will grow enormously in…

January 14th, 2018 - Garden trends & design, Grow-your-own, Wildlife & eco

How to dry chillies – 3 easy ways

Homegrown and home-dried chillies

I've just learned how to dry chillies Italian-style. If you stroll round the ancient hilltop towns of southern Italy in October, you will see strings of chillies drying everywhere. We're all growing more chillies now,…

October 22nd, 2017 - Grow-your-own

An orchard in the garden? You really do have the space!

How to plant a mini orchard for a small garden

'Laura has an orchard in the garden,' said my friend, Rosie, over a gin-and-tonic. Firstly, Laura and Rosie live in the same street in the market town of Faversham. The road is mainly Victorian, with…

September 10th, 2017 - Grow-your-own, Town gardens

How much food can you grow in a small urban garden?

How to grow food in a small urban garden

Could you double or treble the amount of food you grow in your small urban garden? I visited a garden recently which packs layers of fruit, vegetables and herbs into every corner of a small…

March 12th, 2017 - Grow-your-own, Town gardens

Espaliered fruit trees – the perfect solution for small spaces

How to grow espaliered fruit trees for your middle-sized garden

Espaliered fruit trees are probably the smartest trees to look at in winter, with their tailored elegance. [caption id="attachment_5755" align="alignnone" width="800"] As smart as anything from a Saville Row tailor - an espaliered pear at…

January 22nd, 2017 - Gardening know how, Grow-your-own, Town gardens

Growing courgettes – my ‘aha!’ moment…

Grow-your-own courgette growing tips

I watered my growing courgettes, along with the rest of the garden, before going to Spain for four days. I was really surprised by the courgettes when I got back. [caption id="attachment_4960" align="alignnone" width="600"] This…

September 18th, 2016 - Grow-your-own

6 sure-fire ways to harvest MORE grow-your-own veg now

How to have the best harvests of allotment and grow-your-own veg

Would you like more grow-your-own veg? Can you improve your harvest once you start picking? Yes. There is alot you can do at this stage to increase your yield. Now is the time to make…

July 3rd, 2016 - Grow-your-own

Easy veg growing for year-round success

Kale, salad and edible flowers harvested in April

Have you been just slightly disappointed by your home-grown fruit and veg? In the last two summers, I've grown celeriac with no roots, blighted tomatoes, stunted sweetcorn and lettuces that ran up to flower before…

April 10th, 2016 - Gardening know how, Gardening on a budget, Grow-your-own, Town gardens

How to create a really effective vegetable garden plan

How to plan your veg garden from your cookery books

Have you got a vegetable garden plan? Are you growing the right vegetables, herbs and fruit? The ones you will really eat and use? Or are you wasting about half your seed budget because you're…

March 6th, 2016 - Grow-your-own

How to grow chillies – easy, delicious and money-saving

Use different chillies for different dishes.

Could chillies be the perfect grow-your-own veg? If you're thumbing through seed catalogues, wondering what to grow, homegrown chillies really make a difference to your cooking. And they're super-easy to grow, even in pots on windowsills.…

September 6th, 2015 - Grow-your-own