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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…