I had a great time participating in this (and not too many technical hitches!) If you’d like to see the talk it is now online.
What a lovely Garden Day we had. Here are the recipes for the lunch I made for the Virtual Garden Party today. Everything is plant based and seasonal, most things picked from my garden this morning.
Join me at the Virtual Garden Gathering for Garden Day, Sustainable(ish) Online Festival and GQT for the VON and Plantbased news – plus an Instagram takeover.
Yesterday was Earth Day 2020, a time for thinking about nature and our planet. No dig gardening is an earth inspired way of growing which protects the soil, soil life and environment. There’s been a phenomenal increase in interest in no dig gardening, which is fantastic!
All back issues of the magazine of the Vegan Organic Network are now available online for free, in order to help people who are learning to grow their own food.
It’s month since Christmas, hasn’t that flown by?! I’ve been busy getting ready for new sowings in February: most of the seeds have been ordered, I have my seed potatoes, onions and shallot sets, potting compost is ready and I have almost finished repairing my greenhouse.
I grow a lot of veg, herbs and fruit in planters at home, to make a largish area of old concrete productive. In November Vegepod sent me* one of their large pods to try out. Here’s how I filled it with different composts to help create a richly diverse environment for the soil life that will enable the plants to thrive.
This works for any large container (smallish ones too!)
A recent discussion on Twitter about homegrown harvests in January, has inspired me to write a blog about all of the lovely homegrown veggies I am cooking in my kitchen.
January may be a long, dark cold month but there’s still a lot of homegrown deliciousness. With planning, and some growing space, you could be making some almost entirely homegrown meals next January too. Alternatively, these are the kind of veggies that will have the fewest food miles in shops and markets.
It’s the last day of 2019 …. didn’t that pass quickly? I’m sure there are things on my “to do” list from February that I’m still meaning to get round to!
November has been a month of contrasts so far: sparkling frosts, glorious sunrises and rather a lot of rain. It has been pouring down here all day.
Brussels Sprouts are one of my most favourite vegetables. It is a happy day when the first sprouts are ready to pick, I even like to eat them for breakfast! Every year I grow several varieties to extend the sprout harvesting season – but sadly this year, it hasn’t gone according to plan.
A nourishing, flavourful salad, autumn on a plate! I used Uchiki Kuri squash for this – easy to grow, sweet, nutty and you can eat the skin – but any firm fleshed squash or pumpkin is fine.
I was recently interviewed by Alison at Burgon and Ball – the interview is now live on their blog and there’s a great grow (and eat!) your own competition.
How to grow using no dig methods veganically, also known as “stock free”, without animal manures or other animal derived inputs.
October is such a busy time in my garden – harvesting, clearing, sowing, planting and getting everything ready for the winter months. Gardening plans have been hindered however by so much rain!
An easy to make delicious, seasonal, healthy, economical and very, very green hummus with a moreish crispy kale topping.
Two podcasts to listen to – both about no dig gardening.
Lee Connelly (aka The Skinny Jean Gardener) recorded our podcast at BBC Gardeners’ World Live a few months ago.
I’m speaking about no dig gardening at the Malvern Autumn Show on Sunday 29th September at 12 in the Potting Shed Theatre, and I have two free tickets for that day to give away.
It’s been a busy few weeks, lots of travelling about inspiring people (I hope!) to try no dig gardening methods. And we won an award 🙂
Now is the ideal time to sow many different kinds of vegetables and herbs, for cropping through the winter and into next spring, and beyond!