Five essential reasons to grow your own strawberries and a guide to planting

Strawberries are one of my favourite things to grow. This has a lot to do with the fact they're one of my favourite things to eat. (Obviously, I'm not including Kitkat chunkies here.) March is a great time to think about planting strawberries, or in my case sorting out the tangled mass of weeds and runners from last year's … [Read more...]

What to plant in March

Christmas is so last year. It's officially spring! Well maybe not officially, but in gardening terms at least, which is obviously way more important. I find myself getting stupidly excited at this time of year, lying awake thinking about new seeds to try, crop rotation plans, and wondering if I can squeeze in a few extra … [Read more...]

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...]

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...]