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How I found 10 more hours to spend gardening

This may shock you, but I’ve given up watching Gardeners’ World. As the series is currently on episode 20, by my calculations that means I’ve saved 10 hours of time this year to spend gardening instead of watching telly – more if you count the faffing around making cups of tea and getting sat down in…

Homegrown garlic bulb

It’s been a good year for garlic

Vampires look away now; it’s been a good year for garlic. I chose a softneck variety called Provence Wight and planted it nice and early last autumn. I know garlic enjoys a cold snap, and I wasn’t sure we’d had enough of a winter for its liking, but it seems to have gone really well in…

A red Beauty of Bath apple on a tree

The first apple is ripe and it’s a beauty

Here it is in all its glory, the first apple in the garden, shortly before I picked and ate it. It’s an early variety called Beauty of Bath. To be honest, I think it could probably have done with a little bit longer on the tree to fully ripen but last year I left them…

Intercropping sweetcorn and salad in a raised bed

Intercropping vegetables

When you’ve only got a small vegetable garden, it’s nice to try and get the most from it. One good way to do that is intercropping – growing another crop in the space between the rows. I’m intercropping sweetcorn, lettuce, rocket, carrot, beetroot and spring onions in a raised bed: I’ve chosen to intercrop a mixture of salad, which…

Boy in blue hat picking cherries

Gardening with a toddler

Are you finding there’s just too much to do in the garden at this time of year? Well, why not pressgang your toddler into helping you? Between naps you can easily get eight hours work a day out of an under-three. In fact, child labour is the secret to many a stunning garden. How else do you…

Alderman peas

Why I still bother growing peas

I know a lot of people don’t bother with peas or grow a mangetout variety, but I still like growing good old-fashioned ‘Alderman’ peas. They’re a tall variety that produce a heavy crop of big fat pods. Why do I bother when you get comparatively few peas for the space the plants take up, and…