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How to make comfrey or nettle tea for homemade fertilisers

5 homemade fertilisers that will make your garden grow

Here are five effective – but easy – homemade fertilisers for your garden from the organic Abbey Physic Community Garden in Faversham. Comfrey or nettle tea, made in a water butt Concentrated…

July 28th, 2019

Posted In: Gardening know how, Gardening on a budget, Grow-your-own, Wildlife & eco


6 inspiring city garden ideas from London

A city garden is a breath of fresh air in a crowded environment. You can create a patch of green can be created in the most surprising places. I visited three…

May 26th, 2019

Posted In: Garden style & living, Garden trends & design, Grow-your-own


Where is the best place for the vegetable garden?

If you want a vegetable garden, but don’t have space for it, here are lots of ideas from vertical veg gardens to pride-of-place vegetable borders in the middle of the lawn. Pots, roof gardens and more.

February 10th, 2019

Posted In: Garden trends & design, Grow-your-own


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

Daylilies are edible – how to eat from your flowerbed

‘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…

April 8th, 2018

Posted In: 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…

February 11th, 2018

Posted In: Grow-your-own, Middlesized country


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…

January 14th, 2018

Posted In: Garden trends & design, Grow-your-own, Wildlife & eco


Homegrown and home-dried chillies

How to dry chillies – 3 easy ways

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…

October 22nd, 2017

Posted In: Grow-your-own


How to plant a mini orchard for a small garden

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

‘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…

September 10th, 2017

Posted In: Grow-your-own, Town gardens


How to grow food in a small urban garden

How much food can you grow 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…

March 12th, 2017

Posted In: Grow-your-own, Town gardens


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

Espaliered fruit trees – the perfect solution for small spaces

Espaliered fruit trees are probably the smartest trees to look at in winter, with their tailored elegance. And in summer, they’re good space-savers for middle-sized gardens. Espaliered fruit trees offer…

January 22nd, 2017

Posted In: Gardening know how, Grow-your-own, Town gardens


Grow-your-own courgette growing tips

Growing courgettes – my ‘aha!’ moment…

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….

September 18th, 2016

Posted In: Grow-your-own


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

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

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…

July 3rd, 2016

Posted In: Grow-your-own