It has been a busy time since my last blog post and how the garden has changed! The weather has been typically British, from unseasonably warm to icy cold (for Somerset) and back again. Mornings are misty, deciduous trees almost entirely without leaves now and anything frost tender has died.
The polytunnel has frozen a few times now, I love the patterns on the frozen polythene, although it is still reaching 30˚C in there some days. I have electronic thermometers in the greenhouse and polytunnel and it’s so interesting to see the extremes of temperatures undercover, compared with outside in the garden.
Read More “November in my No Dig Garden”
In my garden a bright jungle of colourful nasturtiums are rejoicing in the surprisingly warm sunshine-y October weather. After a summer of taking their prolific spiciness for granted, I’m keen to preserve what I can before the weather turns colder….
Read More “How to make nasturtium salt & other nasturtium recipes”
Today I am updating the blog theme and carrying out various kinds of maintenance.
Read More “Changes….”
This week began with the Autumn Equinox, the festival of Mabon, which starts on September 21st
Read More “On this harvest moon…”
As summer mellows into autumn, the allotment and garden is full of ripening vegetables and fruit.
Read More “September sowing, sweetcorn harvests and recipes”
I am here surrounded by piles of baking recipe books and have written a very long shopping list, in preparation for the annual cake baking marathon later this week for our open day at Homeacres. All kinds of cakes, including vegan and gluten free, and there’s Charles gorgeous no dig garden to explore too.
Read More “Open Day at Charles Dowding’s garden, Homeacres”
Photography day course 10 – 4 on Thursday September 6th at Charles Dowding’s garden,
Homeacres, Alhampton, Somerset, BA4 6PZ.
Read More “Garden Photography Workshop at Homeacres”
The best laid plans do not always come to fruition! Gardening is a great leveller. Whether you are growing on an allotment, in a window box or own a huge private estate, nature always has the upper hand – and that is exactly as it should be.
Read More “It shouldn’t happen to a gardener!”
Like much of the country, Bruton has been very hot and dry for weeks and weeks. Frustratingly all of the recent rains have missed my small town.
Read More “A dry July update from my no dig garden”
It’s that time of year again, the days of delighting in the first few courgettes have transformed into a bewilderment of abundance. As fast as I pick them, more are growing – it’s wonderful.
Read More “Courgette, coconut and lemon basil muffins”
The vegetable gardens are filling up with gorgeous summer abundance, almost every day it seems we are welcoming back another seasonal delight.
Read More “Two Summer Salads – Virgin Mojito Cucumbers and Roast Fennel with Beetroot”
The hedgerows are filled with creamy elderflowers. It’s time to forage! Choose elderflower heads that are in full blossom and at their most fragrant to make delicious drinks, skin care and preserves.
I’ve been busy in the kitchen making elderflower champagne, liqueur, vinegar, sugar, oil and dried elderflowers too. Here are the recipes.
Read More “Elderflower extravaganza!”
I’ve been hearing good things about the physic garden at Cowbridge for some time but have never visited, so when I heard that there was a food fair there, I just had to make the trip over the Severn Bridge to the Vale of Glamorgan.
Read More “A day out in Wales”
May is always a busy month for gardeners and it feels even more so this year here – is that the same for you?
Read More “A quick update with a deeply chocolatey vegan rhubarb cake recipe”
We celebrated the first day of May by flying from Bristol to Aberdeen, to visit Beechgrove Gardens.
Read More “A flying visit to Beechgrove”
This fragrant, spicy versatile cleaning vinegar smells fantastic and cleans powerfully.
Read More “How to Make a Spicy Multipurpose Cleaner”
Every year I mulch my no dig allotment with an inch or two of composted manure or homemade compost, but this year I am trying something different!
Read More “New allotment plan and other experiments.”
March has felt much colder, wetter and darker than usual. Occasional bursts of golden sunshine and hints of the warmth that will (surely it must?!) be here soon have brightened an otherwise most peculiar month.
Read More “No dig garden update: end of March”
Every Monday I pour my morning coffee and plan my week. Last week was so busy with talks, writing, a course day on Saturday; there was little time for gardening at home, so I scheduled Sunday as a whole day of gardening at home.
Read More “Walking in a winter wonderland … in March… again!”
Usually the end of February and early March heralds a dramatic increase of activity in the greenhouse – but the unusually cold weather means last week was more about snowing than sowing!
Read More “My polytunnel in early March”