Gift, Grow

Edible Hanging Baskets

If you’re short on space and are looking for an easy way to increase your gardening yield, hanging baskets are the way forward. They can be hung outdoors or indoors. Just bear in mind that you’ll get drips on the surface underneath them when you water them. Bathrooms and kitchen windowsills are good places to […]

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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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Grow a rainbow

There are so many seeds out there that it can be hard to choose what to go for (though picking your seeds at a garden centre is half the fun of gardening). I tend to opt for things that are either easy and plentiful to grow (radishes, peas, lettuce, tomatoes), expensive to buy (sorrel, rocket, […]

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How to harden off plants (and tickle tomatoes)

  One of the joys of sunny days is that they call you out into the garden even when you’ve got proper grown-up things to do (which is why gardening and freelance writing work so well together, because you can garden by day and write stuff to pay the bills by night).  I decided to […]

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Eat, Grow

Making the most of your home grown produce

And so the time of year is upon us where the rewards for all the garden labour start to pay off. Strawberries, tomatoes, baby spring onions, peas, chanterney carrots, nasturtiums and blackcurrants are just  a few of the lovely things that are coming into season, albeit not in abundance quite yet. You may think it’s too early […]

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Grow your own cocktails #6: Cream Tea Martini

A while back, I wrote about The Refinery’s new veg and herb patch cocktail menu. The lovely PR then got in contact with me to offer me the chance to sample their fare, which was too good an offer to turn down (I only opted for one cocktail, despite loving the look of everything on […]

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Eat me #1: First harvest of the season

Sorrel, rocket and mixed leaf (from bottom to top of image) at 4-6 weeks Strawberries grown in a windowbox at 4-6 weeks  OK, I may be a little over-excited and proud-motherly about my first crop of the season, but lunchtime brought with it the first meal enhanced by the garden’s delights (herbs aside). As the […]

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