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…

October gardening ideas: autumn (month eleven)

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

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,…

September gardening ideas: end of summer (month ten)

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

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…

7 ways high altitude gardening impacts plant growth

Our London garden in Clapham was approximately 20m (66ft) above sea level, our new garden sits…

Midgley Open Gardens, near Hebden Bridge

I’ve been visiting Chris’ family for the past 15 odd years or so near Hebden Bridge…

You say native, I say indigenous?

Let’s discuss racism in gardening and science terminology, what we actually mean by terms like invasive…

August gardening ideas: high summer (month nine)

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

Meadow species spotted

I’ve created this page as notes for myself on what species we’ve seen in our meadow…

Listening

It’s been four months since we moved to our little house on a very big hill…

Wild Way Newsletter – July 2021

NATURE’S NURSERY Since we moved here in February, I’ve been keeping my eye open for choice…

July gardening ideas: mid summer (month eight)

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

A quick look around our new farm

In late-February 2021 we moved to our new farm and in the few months since we’ve…

Wild Way Newsletter – June 2021

SETTLING Chris and I were chatting the other day about the way the farm feels different to…

5 steps to a floofy patio that controls weeds organically and permanently

Do you have a patio that constantly has weeds coming up between the slabs? Perhaps some…

Why the obsession with lawns?

Let’s break this cycle: the UK is brainwashed about lawns. If you use your lawn that’s…

Review: Henchman 4.2m tripod ladder

Henchman sent me one of their 4.2m tripod ladders to trial for an unbiased review. To…

Meadow (part one)

When we bought our new house there was one feature that jumped out at me more…

June gardening ideas: summer (month seven)

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

Review: Felco No.2 secateurs

Over the last month or so I’ve been trialling the Felco No.2 secateurs, which, until other…

Wild Way Newsletter – May 2021

ASTERS I’ve never experienced weather quite like here on our hillside, I feel connected to the changing…

May gardening ideas: end of spring (month six)

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

Review: Spear & Jackson traditional garden hand tools – hand trowel, fork and transplanting trowel

Having used Spear & Jackson’s hand tools on my allotment in London for a number of…

Peat free compost trials 2021

Over the last 7 – 8 years I’ve only used peat free compost after I switched…

Wild Way Newsletter – April 2021

BASELINES What is the heart of a landscape we find ourselves in?  I’ve been looking out…

Review: Stihl RMA 448 TC cordless battery lawn mower with Stihl Connect

I’ve been given a Stihl RMA 448 TC cordless battery operated lawn mower to trial in…

Why do we find botanical plant names hard to learn?

Every day I hear or read someone struggling with how hard botanical plant names are to…

How to grow dahlias organically from seed and save your own dahlia seeds

In the past I’ve grown mountains of dahlia cultivars but over the last two years I’ve…

April gardening ideas: spring is here (month five)

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

How to suppress weeds using Mulch Organic’s biodegradable paper weed matting

Mulch Organic gave me a roll of their heavy duty organic paper mulch weed suppressant matting…

Wild Way Newsletter – March 2021

BIG SKY In the week leading up to our move, while we packed after work late into…

March gardening ideas: signs of spring (month four)

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

We’re moving to Hebden Bridge

I’m excited to share that after twenty years of living in London, Chris, Rumbles and I…

Wild Way Newsletter – February 2021

MONOCOTS I’m finding solace during lockdown in the monocots. They are better equipped than most to growth in the dark…

February gardening ideas: end of winter (month three)

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

How to grow organic chilli peppers for the unadventurous palate

I don’t care about chillies, I find them boring. I know as a garden writer and…

Why must nature always come second?

I’m writing this because discussions online this week have kept me up all night thinking about…

Wild Way Newsletter – January 2021

TOMATOES In this first issue I name my favourites tomatoes grown over the years, list those…

How to grow organic tomatoes including heirloom tomatoes

Tomatoes sit atop everyone’s grow your own lists, and if they don’t, they should! Relatively easy…

January gardening ideas: mid-winter (month two)

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

My self-help guide to resisting seed and plant catalogue order overload

It’s around about now that the seed and plant catalogues for the coming year come pouring…

Allotment Month 61: December vegetables with winter salad, kale, roots and squash

My allotment needs a good weeding. It’s looking fairly overgrown in parts because I haven’t been…