Category Archives: Forest Gardening

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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winter

Winter can be an anxious time for gardeners as they contemplate the bad weather out of doors and wonder how well their precious plants will fare.  I have always tried to stick to plants that will cope with the conditions … 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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Forest gardening courses — Of Plums and Pignuts

Alan Carter is teaching some forest garden courses this summer – in Aberdeen.  If you are thinking of attending – I am sure you will get an excellent grounding and very interesting time.  More details on Alan’s blog below:   … Continue reading

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The principles of forest gardening

I want as many people as possible to plant forest gardens and having done so to be able to interact with them in a sensitive and appropriate manner.  However forest gardens are unlike any other gardens and cannot be ‘gardened’ … Continue reading

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What makes a forest garden?

In July I posted about ‘Les Bois de St Hilaire’, a French campsite I stayed at which provides a wonderful model of the kind of natural woodland that a forest garden is modelled on.  As a follow up and contrast … Continue reading

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