Goodbye Springter, hello April

It feels weird to be celebrating the end of winter - in April. But things are finally starting to happen on the plot and I'm feeling a long overdue sense of optimism.  So, in an effort to convince myself it can't possibly snow again, here's what's growing right now: Broad beans. I planted these in the autumn and somehow … [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...]

Goodbye crap week, hello spring.

Off the plot, it's been a fairly shite week: a broken (painfully expensive) molar*, chicken pox - and subsequent sleep deprivation - followed by nits (not me, I hasten to add.) And last night - with chicken pox finally under control and 'normal' sleeping patterns resumed - the dog woke up at 5am and proceeded to shit out half … [Read more...]

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...]