Art, Grow, Make, nature, Storytelling

The Faraway Forest is Stirring

With just a week and a day to go before a huge influx of humans arrives at Henham Park for Latitude Festival, the faerie folk are putting the finishing touches to the Faraway Forest – and enjoying some entertainment of their own. The witches have arrived in their eggshell boats. They’re currently invisible – a habit […]

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Adventures with microgreens #1: Using up old seeds

If you meant to start gardening last year and bought some herb or vegetable seeds then never got around to planting them; bought seeds only to discover they’re nearing their sell-by-date; or have a glut of seeds of uncertain age for some other reason, don’t think you have to throw them away. I’ve successfully grown seeds […]

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Windowbox Wonders

Getting a windowbox set up is easy. You need: A container. This could be a traditional windowbox or you could opt for something a bit quirkier. I like to match the plant to the container, for example growing camomile in a vintage teapot; strawberries in large; stemmed glass bowls; salad in a salad bowl; or mint in […]

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How to make a recycled bike planter

While I’m not altogether convinced that a model is required in the above image, hats off to Dremel for a great bit of marketing. They’ve sent out a guide to making a planter out of an old bike, which is a great recycling idea and gives a kitsch feel to the garden without breaking the […]

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How to make decorative tealight holders

Grey days are a great excuse to make stuff, particularly if you have kids around the place (I don’t have that as an excuse  but I don’t care). Tealight holders are a great way to add a little light to your garden, though more in a ‘pretty ambience for BBQs’ than ‘spot a weed at […]

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How to make a greenhouse for free

A greenhouse is a useful thing. It helps you harden off your tomatoes and other veg with ease; it allows you to grow things that you might otherwise not be able to in the UK climate; and it acts as a brilliant slug defence. However, greenhouses can also be expensive. Luckily, discovering ManMadeDIY on Twitter […]

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Spring into action

Spring is, fairly obviously, the time when most gardening kicks off. If you’re gardening outdoors, late February and March are about digging the soil, mixing it with manure, compost or whatever else you need to make it fertile, chopping back any annoying plants, getting your seedlings in and ‘chitting’ your potatoes (of which more at […]

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