Category Archives: Polycultures

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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Messy up

I was awoken this morning by my partner with a cup of tea.  As I sipped it (appreciatively) and looked out of the window I saw several birds darting about in the undergrowth outside the window.  I think I saw … Continue reading

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Alison and The Backyard Larder

All over the place wonderful, dedicated and insightful gardeners are working away developing their own particular specialist niche in our human-gardening-ecosystem.  One of these lovely people is Alison Tindale, a lifelong gardener who grows, sells and blogs about some her … Continue reading

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Garden journal – 6 October 2017

I did some ‘work’ in the garden today.  Not counting minor interventions like taking off dock leaves and flowering stems it was the first time I had done anything since pruning the fruit trees and removing the flowering stems from … 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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Leaving well alone

Another lovely post from Carole, it is a perfect illustration of the need to leave things be, as much as possible! We had a couple of sunny Autumn days lately, and I determined to get out into the garden. The … Continue reading

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Summer time ….

….. and despite the largely cool, cloudy and damp weather the garden is singing to me. We have eaten the offerings of the berry and currant bushes. The tree fruits are ripening on their as yet slender boughs.     … Continue reading

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