How to protect tender plants over winter in small spaces

Living in a tiny one bed urban flat here in London, it proves quite a challenge…

6 Gardening podcasts worth a listen

In my Telegraph column this week I highlighted a number of allotment and kitchen garden podcasts…

October is a great time to divide perennials

One of my favourite things to do in the year is divide perennials in autumn. You…

Reframed

Chris and I have just come back from a week away in St. Ives in Cornwall…

First day on the RHS Persicaria Trial

Today was a really exciting day for me as it was the first assessment of the…

Allotment Month 46: tomatoes, edamame, apples, raspberries and sunflowers!

At some point I really am planning to sow my salad crops for winter, I’ve been…

Garden of Medicinal Plants at The Royal College of Physicians

I’ve been interested in visiting the Royal College of Physicians’ garden of medicinal plants for quite…

Future experiments: flowers and insects

Last autumn I started planting up one end of my allotment to create a new freestyle…

11 things learnt at Homeacres with Charles Dowding and Stephanie Hafferty

On our recent trip to Somerset Chris and I caught up with Charles Dowding and Stephanie…

Large communal roof terrace in Fulham, London

This design had some particular challenges including craning a number of tonnes of top soil onto…

Allotment month 45: salad harvest, colourful potatoes and rainbow tomatoes

Yesterday I was busted sighing while hoeing weeds on my plot. I’d just mown everything and…

Google is the best plant ID app and it will only get better

There’s been lots of hype about plant ID apps and having tried most of them I’ve…

The Newt in Somerset

On our trip to Somerset we popped into the Newt Hotel garden to visit the newly…

Oudolf Field at Hauser and Wirth, Somerset

I’ve been wanting to visit the Hauser & Wirth art gallery in Somerset to see garden…

On the verge of a new way of gardening: do we need to change what we grow?

I’ve always written about our gardens being seen as mini-wildlife reserves, eco systems we protect and…

Wild patch: the challenge of a wildlife friendly allotment

My allotment is not like most, I don’t have raised beds, I let weeds grow because…

A mix of feelings

I’m sitting in the garden as I type and right now I’m looking at a hover…

Small garden design in Clapham, London

Over time the planting in this garden will grow to hide almost all of the fences…

Large garden design in Clapham, London

Recently finished and planted, in this large family garden in Clapham, London I lowered a third…

Current project: garden redesign in Clapham, London

This garden already had a strong layout with some established trees and shrubs, though some of…

Current project: Belsize Park, London

The owner is having an architect designed extension to the house making the garden slightly smaller.…

Garden design with studio in Braughing, Hertfordshire

This quaint cottage in Braughing had recently been tastefully renovated by its new owners with a…

Living wall design in Camberwell, London

This garden was already well established with a collection of tree fern species viewed through huge…

Front garden design in Clapham, London

This challenging north facing front garden is in full shade and was previously a patch of…

How to support dahlias for borders, pots and cutting

I’ve often written that in some ways growing dahlias well is the easiest thing in the…

Umbilicus rupestris, navelwort

At the end of June 2016 Chris and I were in Chilham, Kent for the beautiful…

Allotment Month 43: priorities, supports and progress

Going into the fourth season on my allotment I’ve been pleased with how it’s shaping up.…

How to prune a Cordyline australis

Here’s my guide to pruning / pollarding a Cordyline australis: chop it down to whatever height…

Gravetye Manor

Chris and I have been so busy this spring that we missed our 13th anniversary so…

One World stand at Chelsea Flower Show 2019

This year at Chelsea Flower Show I was lucky to be asked by One World to…

Pot’s Growing On: road to our open garden

This month has been a whirlwind of finishing various garden designs, writing and planting up the…

14 Things at RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2019

It’s thoroughly enjoyable at Chelsea Flower Show this year. I’ve placed bets (in my head) on…

Long term planting on the allotment

When I was about six or seven I remember adding leaves to our houseplant pots to…

How to grow Persicaria runcinata ‘Purple Fantasy’

If there’s one plant I can guarantee you’ll see more of this year it’s Persicaria runcinata…

Allotment Month 42: weeding asparagus and carrots, potato, chilli and artichoke update

On Sunday I had the chance for a proper sesh down the allotment and it was…

Life in the Treehouse

There are some things I feel people need to know about author and writer Alice Vincent.…

Different ways to grow from seed

I don’t know how it’s happened but I seem to have used up all of my…

Pot’s Growing On? Planting sweetpeas, caring for permanent containers, ferns and dahlias are go

I’ve finally spent a good afternoon in our garden after being super busy with other people’s…

Roundup of glyphosate weed killer research

I’m an organic gardener and avoid using chemicals, I’m particularly guarded around edible crops, such as…

Future Meadow: Winter One

The race to grow is primal in all living things. One of the challenges of planting…

Pot’s Growing On: snowdrops and the great grass migration

February 2019 has shaped up to be beautiful weather wise with warm days of sunshine bringing…

A visit to Writtle University College

Imagine if this were your classroom! I’d never miss a lesson. Every time I visit Writtle…

Banana plants, floral arches, winter cuttings and Cordylines

I’ve been asked by my Instagram and Twitter buddies to explain how to grow bananas and…

My allotment plan for 2019

Hello vegetable fans! Recently I wrote about why I practice crop rotation on my allotment in…

Allotment month 38: don’t beat yourself up if things go wrong

I’ve just had the best day on my allotment for a long time. Zero degrees Celsius,…

How our long border has evolved over time

I’ve been looking back over my old photos while planning our garden for the coming year…

How to take hardwood cuttings for free plants

Many trees and shrubs can be grown from hardwood cuttings, roses being one of the most…

Looking back on a year of vegetables, fruit and edible flowers

I thought I’d share some of my favourite edibles from my allotment, organically grown this year.…

Reflections on another gardening year

2018 was a year in which I’ve been lucky to be washed in an overwhelming “go…

I have a shed!

When I finally settled on my allotment plan three years ago (here is an updated version)…