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...]

How to make kale crisps (without being a pretentious twat.)

I've never been a massive fan of kale - and particularly the clean-eating wank that surrounds it.  Honestly, I've never been tempted to make a smoothie out of a brassica (although I did once make one out of a placenta, but that's another story and I wouldn't really recommend that either.) Anyway, this I year I decided to grow … [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...]

Five cracking egg recipes

Our move to Devon last year was followed by the addition of four hens to the family. They were swiftly joined by another three. This means we now have more chickens than people, and rather a lot of eggs to get through. It also means I'm on a permanent mission to find inventive things to do with them.  (The eggs, not the … [Read more...]