Monthly Archives: April 2011

New arrivals

I always get excited about new plants.  Watching seedlings pop up to the surface is endlessly fascinating and getting new plants from a grower or nursery is better than unwrapping my Christmas presents!  Someone at work said I must have … Continue reading

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Not working hard in the garden

  This  morning with the bright sun up early and the birds singing the garden was shouting at me to come outside.  However gardening by permaculture principles means I don’t have much work to actually do – no weeding, no digging, very … Continue reading

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Is anyone interested in piloting a demonstration of perennial vegetables?

I would really like to hear from you if you are interested in working with me to plan and plant a polyculture of perennial vegetables in your back garden.  Ideally I am looking for someone who: Lives in the UK. Is passionate about … Continue reading

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Growing Oca

I grew oca for the first time last year and loved it.  The taste of the tubers has been described as lemony potatoes and that is a good description.  It was hard not to eat them all but I wanted to … Continue reading

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Flouting the “rules” 2

What happened to the seeds I sowed on 21st February rather earlier than the packets indicated? Walking stick kale germinated on 22nd March Wild beet germinated on 21st March Chinese kale on 21st March Perpetual spinach on 22nd March Sorrel … Continue reading

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Forest Gardening in Miniature (2)

If you are reading this you are almost certainly acquainted with what a forest garden is.  If you are not then go to http://www.agroforestry.co.uk/forgndg.html to see Martin Crawford walking in and talking about his forest garden.  His garden is utterly lovely … Continue reading

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Spring clear up

I have been out tidying the garden up a bit today.  I garden by permaculture principles, I don’t dig, or use artificial fertilisers, there are no pesticides / insecticides / fungicides used or anything artificial.  The aim is to use varied … Continue reading

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