Allotment plan 2023

We took on our new allotment in Yorkshire in February 2021 and, with almost two full…

Trusted plant nurseries

I thought I would start a list of the nurseries I trust enough to recommend to…

The importance and benefits of keeping leaf litter around plants

One of the pieces of advice the gardening world has got wrong over the years is…

Why it’s time to ban non-organic pesticides from sale to the general public

Please take 30 seconds to sign the petition When I first started studying horticulture professionally in…

Horticulture industry bans corporations digging up precious habitats to make compost

The Government has, at long last, banned the home use of compost made from precious peatland…

Review: Wikomo solar deer repeller

We live surrounded by fields and woodland in which lots of roe deer live. Deer have…

8 tips for better watering technique

1) Water deeply When it’s hot and sunny it’s tempting to zip around the garden watering…

Moths

Jack on lawns: why it’s time to rethink our most sustainable usable surface

I seem to be thinking about lawns more than is healthy, and I’m not the only…

Can we learn from British Columbia’s attitude to wildlife?

Chris and I have just come back from a two week trip around the south west…

Book review: Regenesis: feeding the world without devouring the planet by George Monbiot

The first thing that struck me about Regenesis is one third of the book’s pages are…

Jack on composts: why I will no longer be drawn into the false narrative on peat free compost

I will no longer be drawn into the false narrative on peat free vs peat compost…

Review: Husqvarna 540i XP battery powered chainsaw

Last year I was given a battery powered chainsaw by Husqvarna to try for a no…

Imagining a garden

Yesterday I sat at dusk looking out from the top of our garden across the valley,…

Gardening elbow

I’ve overdone it. Last week I injured my right arm just as the gardening season is…

How to grow dahlias from cuttings

Dahlias are remarkably easy plants to grow once you get to know them. One of the…

Allotment plan 2022

In our first year on the smallholding in some respects I should have done nothing but…

Californian superbloom

In March 2019 Chris and I were in California visiting a couple of our good friends.…

How to remove ground elder organically

I love lots of plants people call weeds (see my book) but there are some plants…

How to multiply snowdrops like a pro

Snowdrops are one of my favourite flowers in the garden, the regular Galanthus nivalis is about…

How gardening and nature help me cope with stress and anxiety

This is a topic I find difficult to put into words. I’ve been putting it off…

Adapting an established garden

When we moved to Yorkshire we inherited a beautiful mature garden and key to that is…

Review: Spear & Jackson Traditional Stainless garden tools

I was given a set of Spear & Jackson’s Traditional Stainless series of garden tools to…

Key features of our new Premiere Polytunnel

I’m really excited because we’ve been given one of Premiere Polytunnels premiere range products and I…

January gardening ideas: mid-winter (month two)

I love winter, especially on cold crisp days when the world can be seen with such…

February gardening ideas: end of winter (month three)

I really love the end weeks of winter, which in the UK is February and very…

March gardening ideas: signs of spring (month four)

You know spring is on its way as daylight hours lengthen, temperatures warm and while the…

April gardening ideas: spring is here (month five)

In the UK, Easter weekend is my marker in the year when I know everything needs…

May gardening ideas: end of spring (month six)

May is the month when all plants start growing rapidly, resulting in lush, immaculate leaves. Everything…

June gardening ideas: summer (month seven)

Summer! Well, if the weather behaves. It often feels like summer has stop-started into action at…

July gardening ideas: mid summer (month eight)

I like to think of midsummer’s eve, the summer solstice, as the top of a mountain…

August gardening ideas: high summer (month nine)

Late-July and August will always be ‘real summer’ to me, with the hottest heatwaves, the driest…

September gardening ideas: end of summer (month ten)

Throughout my life, people have described, without fail, sunny spells in September as an Indian summer.…

October gardening ideas: autumn (month eleven)

There is no denying that autumn is upon us as the shorter days bring colder weather,…

November gardening ideas: start of winter (month twelve)

It’s a tale of two parts to November; the first half can feel a lot like…

December gardening ideas: mid-winter (month one)

You may be wondering why December is ‘month one’ in my calendar when typically it’s seen…

Wild Way Newsletter – December 2021

FROST I’m excited to report we’ve had an increasing amount of real frost! Not the light dusting we’d…

Wild Way Newsletter – November 2021

DAISIES When thinking about plants for our new garden my head seems to have compartmentalised them…

Banning peat composts – the facts

The UK Government is planning to ban the sale of peat based composts to gardeners in…

The Farm, Yorkshire

Chris and I had been planning the move for years but the covid pandemic brought our…

Wild Way Newsletter – October 2021

365 SEASONS The seasons are a sliding scale, every day its own season. And yet, there’s…

Atmosphere and wonder at York Gate Garden, Leeds, Yorkshire

Chris and I visited York Gate Garden on the outskirts of Leeds in Yorkshire and were…

Wild Way Newsletter – September 2021

FLAVOUR Since moving to Yorkshire I’ve had increased awareness for the flavour of the crops I’m growing. Perhaps…

Pot’s Growing On: six months in person, twelve in mind

We moved in six months ago but I started thinking about our new garden a year…

What we can learn from the best urban street plantings

Our parks, streets and town centres used to be filled with displays of annual flowers, but…

Review: Stihl HLA 86 telescopic, battery powered hedge trimmer

Earlier this year I was given a battery powered Stihl HLA 86 telescopic hedge trimmer to…

How to grow ferns from spores

Ferns are very easy to grow from spores and although it takes a number of years,…

How to grow microgreens from seed

Microgreens are young salad crops that are grown from seed and then picked and harvested as…

Wild Way Newsletter – August 2021

SERENDIPITY I talk about serendipity in gardening and nature a lot because serendipity – finding something good…

How to collect and store seeds and why

I find the process of collecting and saving my own seeds increasingly rewarding. In fact it’s…