How to sow seeds and keep them alive in springter

March is fickle month. One minute it's snowing, the next it's all warm and daffodilly. It's not winter, it's not spring, it's springter. I think I just invented a new season there. March is the perfect time to start many seeds off indoors. Tomatoes, cucumbers, aubergines and peppers all need sowing this month to give them a … [Read more...]

Back soon …..

It's been a long, difficult winter and I haven't spent much time on the plot so far this year. Aussie 'flu has a lot to answer for.  But I can't wait to get back to both gardening and blogging. Watch this space .....   … [Read more...]

Eureka! The perfect place to plant garlic

I had something of a eureka moment on the plot this week.   While November marched onwards, I was still faffing over where to plant the garlic.  Not a major problem in  the grand scheme of things, but still, I like garlic and we eat loads of it. Having lost most of my onions to the birds, who have nothing but contempt for the … [Read more...]

9 unbelievably good reasons to get a polytunnel

I may have mentioned that I'm a little bit in love with my polytunnel.  I know this is remarkably off-trend, and that I'd sound way more cool if I said I had a passion for French bulldogs, or flamingos, or craft beer.  But seriously, this thing has changed my life.  Here's why you really, really, really need a polytunnel in your … [Read more...]

Amazing fat-free autumn apple cake

Was there ever a more dubious sounding recipe than fat-free cake? A recipe more likely to end in disappointment or disaster? Like trying to convince a carnivore that tofu tastes like steak. Yet, believe it or not, it turns out there really is such a thing as having your cake and eating it - and you need to try it! I can … [Read more...]