The Farm, Yorkshire

Chris and I had been planning the move for years but the covid pandemic brought our…

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…

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…

September gardening ideas: end of summer (month ten)

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

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…

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…

Why the obsession with lawns?

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

Meadow (part one)

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

Peat free compost trials 2021

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

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…

We’re moving to Hebden Bridge

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

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…

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…

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…

Come back dragonfly

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

Gardening needs diversity

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

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…

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…

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…

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…

Organic gardening pros recommend chemical free roses

As a garden designer, the most popular plants requested by clients – topping lavender, olive trees…

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…

Reframed

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

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…

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…

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…

Life in the Treehouse

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

Roundup of glyphosate weed killer research

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

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…

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)…

Pot’s Growing On: experimenting with tender plants outside

Over the last few years I’ve been surprised at the number of tender plants that can…

Mossy Rock (part three)

It is with some excitement and a huge amount of pride that I can now show…

A dream

Last night I had a dream about Himantoglossum hircinum, I woke up worrying and I’m not…

P!ss off fox

Glancing out of the back window I was looking at the border when my eyes zoned…

What’s wrong with Verbena bonariensis?

I was going to write about Verbena bonariensis to sing its praises in long periods of…

Dahlias and me

For me, dahlias need to look carved from gemstone rock with a richness of colour to…

The law of limiting factors

Everyone is talking about the weather as though we haven’t only just entered mid-Summer. Don’t allow…

Allotment Month 33: today is a good day

This was the best day on the allotment all year, a breeze and drizzle, the air…

Real millennial gardens

Some of my biggest gardening inspiration comes from friends who I wouldn’t have expected to love…

Easily multiply your Solenostemon with midsummer cuttings

By July Solenostemon should be growing rapidly and, with the foliage types, it’s often useful to…