My summer guide to relaxing in your garden

Summer! With your hard work in spring paying off, it’s time, we’re often told, to down…

August gardening reminders: 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 reminders: 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 reminders: 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 reminders: 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 6 – 7 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 reminders: 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 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…