Category Archives: Borderland Garden

About my garden high up on the Welsh – English border

re-interpreting the garden

Q:        When I walk out into my garden this afternoon what is the most helpful ‘thing’ I can take outside with me? A:        A different attitude of heart and mind.  A mind that is prepared to give up control and … Continue reading

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Massive perennial kales

Perennial kales were one of the first perennial vegetables I tried to acquire and from that time to this they have always been a mainstay of my garden.  This year they have surpassed themselves in growing even more massive than … Continue reading

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tree following April to May 2019

Apple Trwyn Mochyn, Borderland Garden, Wales 23 April 2019 This is a slow starter, which is perhaps a good thing in this somewhat unpredictable climate.  But by the end of April the flower buds are beginning to open. And being … Continue reading

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untidy-ing-up

In time – after watching and waiting – comes doing the minimum. The weather has been far warmer than ‘normal’ for February – last weekend was warm, sunny, sparkling spring like weather – the kind of days we would perhaps … Continue reading

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tree following

I recently came across something new to be fascinated by – tree following!  As explained on The Squirrelbasket website: “Each year, we choose a tree and see what it does: when its leaves appear and when they fall which twigs … Continue reading

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don’t do anything until you have to and then only do the minimum

I am working on a new book and hence all my writing effort has gone into that and there just hasn’t been sufficient spare time to keep this blog up to date.   Nor has there been much time to spend … Continue reading

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harvest only enough

This is a bumper summer for soft fruit – the first really good year since the garden began.  Despite the soaring temperatures and almost total lack of rain the currants and berries have produced amazingly well.  One of the blackcurrants … Continue reading

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