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 reminders: 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 reminders: 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 reminders: 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…

10 native UK weeds to grow for wildlife

My book Wild about Weeds looks at the wildlife value of many weeds I feel are…

Cornwall: rock and stone

Chris and I feel incredibly lucky to have been away to Cornwall for a week in…

Beware plastic netting in lawn and wildflower turf

One of the biggest problems in designed gardens that I and people I work with come…

Littlebury Road through 2020

This year is a difficult one for all of us in many unexpected ways, through it…

Wild about Weeds Photograph Competition 2020 – winners!

There were loads of entries into the first Wild about Weeds 2020 Photography Competition! Entries were…

17 reasons to avoid fake lawns – how bad is artificial grass for the environment?

I never design gardens with fake grass for aesthetic, experiential and environmental reasons. That said, some…

Late summer in the city

I really like to feel the seasons, feel them with all my senses. That’s why our…

Sarah Raven’s Perch Hill

This is one garden I have wanted to visit for many years, Perch Hill, home to…

Trials and titillations at RHS Wisley after lockdown

I love RHS Wisley. I will always credit the garden and the teams who manage it…

Gardening in southern England’s changed climate

Where are we now, into the fifth summer on my allotment, and despite going into this…

Why don’t we talk more about patterns in gardens?

I find patterns in gardens fascinating (so much so I wrote a book about them) and…

Come back dragonfly

I spent the whole of yesterday writing outside in our garden for a new project and…

Come into my world: haphazard

On my allotment two years ago I started increasing the number of ornamental plants because I…

Allotment Month 55: vigorous legumes, squash and pumpkins, tomatoes

Do you ever have the feeling you’re being left behind in gardening? You think your tomatoes…

Gardening needs diversity

Over the last week I’ve watched what is happening in America in horror and disbelief, largely…

How to make an Aeonium arboreum branch (part three)

I’ve been asked a lot over the last couple of years for an update on my…

How to support vegetables and flowers

I thought I’d jot down some quick notes about how I am supporting the plants that…

How to grow annual Persicaria orientalis from seed

One of the Persicaria we’re not judging on the RHS Persicaria Trial Forum is Persicaria orientalis…

From plot to place: allotments benefit from a bit of character

Words can’t describe how much I love my allotment this year. It feels to me as…

A right hodgepodge

Regular readers may recall that about two years ago I started planting spare cuttings, divisions and…

15 best free gardens to visit in London

Looking for maximum planty wonder without spending a penny? Then check out my fave London garden…

How to grow organic rhubarb and cook it – the tastiest around!

I love rhubarb. I love its flavour and I love how easy it is to grow.…

How to prune salvias – three pruning groups

A group of plants I grow a lot in my own garden and in my clients’…

From the streets: London’s green spaces in Lockdown

Everyone has been coping with the last month in their own way, surreal is a word…

Pot’s Growing On in April? Here come the insects, pretty things and dividing geraniums

I’m sitting outside writing in a t-shirt, spring is here! I mean, it has turned chilly…

Littlebury garden redesign (part two) – Breathing new life into the soil

As I write this the country has for all intents and purposes joined the rest of…

How to divide a miniature water lily

Not everyone has a miniature water lily but they really should! Easy to grow in any…

11 ideas to grow your way through Coronavirus self-isolation boredom

Supermarkets have plenty of food to see us all through the coronavirus (covid-19) but in the…

How to grow organic purple sprouting broccoli and cook it

It wasn’t until I started growing my own vegetables I even clocked that purple sprouting broccoli…

Allotment Month 52 – March: hunt for the best purple sprouting broccoli, forced rhubarb and colour like no other!

I’m looking at my desk (on which I’m typing) thinking crap, where AM I going to…

A year in vegetable, fruit and herb photos

We’re taught not to play with our food but WHATEVS, I love arranging veg to show…

Pot’s Growing On in February? Peat free propagation, houseplant beautification and winter division

Over the last few weeks I’ve been gradually getting ready for spring one little task at…

From plant to seed bank, how Kew Gardens is saving the planet’s flora and us

I’ve been visiting Kew Gardens – like many people I’m sure – since I was a…

Littlebury garden redesign (part one) – Goodbye pots! Goodbye paving!

I’ve been thinking of making changes to our garden for a couple of years. The number…

Growing avocados in London

It’s been widely known that avocados can grow in London for decades, I’ve seen the trees…

What seeds to sow in January

In the UK in January, daylight hours are still very short, outside temperatures low and likely…

11 steps to a wildlife friendly allotment

I love all life and I’m sure if you’re reading this you don’t need any explanation…