The price of a Christmas dinner

I received  an email this week about where to buy the cheapest veg for Christmas - sprouts, parsnips and carrots all for just 19p a bag.  And 2kg of potatoes also for a negligible 19p. (It's Aldi if you're interested.) I love a bargain as much as the next person, but I'm really not sure how I feel about veg that costs, well, … [Read more...]

Build a Better Vegetable Garden: 30 DIY Projects to Improve your Harvest

What do you get the gardener in your life for Christmas?  Personally, I'd love a polytunnel, but I don't think Father Christmas can fit one of those in his sleigh. I'd also be happy with this new book: Build a Better Vegetable Garden - 30 DIY Projects to Improve your Harvest. Written by Joyce and Ben Russell, this would … [Read more...]

Five ways to save time when growing your own veg

If you've ever grown so much as a carrot, you'll know that gardening isn't about instant gratification.  Growing your own veg is time consuming in a way that makes War and Peace look like a quick read. (Not that I've read it, just in case you thought I was trying to sound clever!) Not being able to rush things is part of the … [Read more...]

How to grow blueberries to feed a 21st century blueberry habit

When I was a kid, a piece of fruit generally meant a golden delicious or an over-ripe banana, or possibly a satsuma if it was nearly Christmas. Occasionally, we had fruit cocktail out of a tin and everyone fought over the two and half nail-varnish pink cherries that tasted nothing like cherries. But as we'd probably never had … [Read more...]

Growing seeds – just like having babies, really.

Once again there seems to have been an election sized gap between blog posts. Sorry about that. The good news is, the seeds I planted a few weeks ago are emerging from the soil like wispy blades of grass. Carrots and parsnips are sprouting in wiggly lines (I could pretend this is to confuse the slugs, but really I'm just … [Read more...]