Category Archives: Forest Gardening

Forest gardens are natural systems

From the outset a forest garden is designed as a natural system.  We provide the physical structure – various edible trees, climbers, shrubs, herbaceous perennials and some annuals – to make the best use of the physical space and ensure … Continue reading

Posted in biomass, Borderland Garden, Flowers, Forest Gardening, Perennial Vegetables, Polycultures, Relationship with nature | 5 Comments

Review of ‘The Long Border’

This review of the bed I call ‘The Long Border’ is the second of a number of reviews I am undertaking to assess how the garden is changing and developing.  My previous post on ‘The Triangle Bed’ gives further details … Continue reading

Posted in Borderland Garden, Forest Gardening, Perennial Vegetables, Polycultures, Seeds and seed saving | Tagged , | 3 Comments

Patience

Over the years I have discovered that gardening with perennials is about playing the long game, looking to the future and being patient.  You can’t have what you might want immediately, you may not be able to have it soon … Continue reading

Posted in Borderland Garden, Edible Perennial Gardening, Forest Gardening, Perennial Vegetables | Tagged , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Plants on the move

I don’t do much in the way of interfering in my garden and as a result plants can move about in unplanned ways that often make lovely combinations.  Some are vegetables, some herbs and others are flowers, but they all … Continue reading

Posted in Borderland Garden, Edible Perennial Gardening, Flowers, Forest Gardening, Seeds and seed saving, Uncategorized | Tagged | 3 Comments

Time to prune the tiny fruit trees

On or after the solstice is the time to prune fruit trees according the method I am following from Ann Ralph’s ‘Grow a Little Fruit Tree’ book.  So now time like the present – I have been in the garden … Continue reading

Posted in Borderland Garden, Forest Gardening, Fruit, Fruit trees, Permaculture, Polycultures, Uncategorized | Tagged , , | 1 Comment

Will it grow?

That was the question from the puzzled looking greengrocer in the market the other morning.  I was buying a celeriac and as he apologetically told me that it still had leaves on, I replied that it didn’t matter, but was … Continue reading

Posted in Borderland Garden, Forest Gardening, Perennial Vegetables, roots and tubers, Seeds and seed saving | Tagged , , , | 10 Comments

Happy Christmas

Even though it has been unseasonably warm in the UK so far this winter, it is nevertheless a time of rest for the garden (and gardener), so it is lovely to look at pictures from earlier in the year and to … Continue reading

Posted in Borderland Garden, Forest Gardening, Hedgerow, Perennial Vegetables, Polycultures | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment