Bread bin with salad growing in it

Repurposed bread bin salad planter

The gorgeous weather has made for a hectic April and I’ve neglected the blog. Fortunately, the garden hasn’t been quite so neglected and I’ve made good progress on sowing, planting, weeding, tidying and construction. I’ll post more about all of these soon, but first I wanted to share my bread bin salad planter. Our old…

Trees with red bark

A spring visit to Docton Mill Gardens

What were you doing on this day two years ago? Normally, I’d have no idea as my memory is terrible. But it just so happens I was sorting through my photos last night. And these showed me exactly what I was doing at this time two springs ago: visiting Docton Mill Gardens in Devon. Early…

White Cosmos Sonata in flower

Growing cut flowers again

After the success of The Great Cut Flower Experiment I’m growing some blooms for cutting again this year. I’ve ordered the seed, but what did I choose? White Cosmos ‘Sonata’ were top of the list because I really enjoyed them last last year. They produced tons of flowers, lasted ages in the garden and were good for cutting…

Everedge lawn edging in place

Experimenting with Everedge

You’ve probably heard of Everedge – it’s the metal edging you see advertised in a lot of garden magazines. I tried it out this summer and I’ve been impressed with the results. I needed to expand our lawn to give our little boy more room to play. The edge of the lawn goes right up to the…

A bowl of figs

Figs in the greenhouse

I had a lovely fig tree (a variety called Brown Turkey) in a pot but never got any fruit from it. So back in the spring I moved it into the greenhouse, intending to train it up one side and across the ceiling. I hoped the extra warmth might result in a few ripe figs.…