Plant to plate stir fry

This meal is my absolute fave. Different every time but always so easy and delicious. After the haul at my all-pot-ment today I have been able to include some homegrown ingredients too which is so exciting - and a million times tastier! It's so quick, easy and barely constitutes a 'recipe' - more like 'toss... Continue Reading →

Learning on the job

What do I love most about gardening? - the FORGIVENESS! Sure, the plant you've just killed may not show much compassion, but in general, you can make mistakes, learn lessons and move on. I can see why people call it therapy - it's the greatest kind. This week was moving week for my all-pot-ment. The... Continue Reading →

RHS Harlow Carr

I've lived in Harrogate for 10 years and I'm ashamed to say that I can count on one hand the number of times I have visited my local RHS garden, Harlow Carr. When I plan a day out for the family I always think 'where shall we go?' When I should be thinking - 'What's... Continue Reading →

My Bug B&Bee

There's been a lot in the press recently about the importance of saving bees. In the last 5 years the bee population has dropped by 1/3. If bees were to go extinct mankind would have just 4 years left to live. It's really got me thinking - what can I do? In the home If... Continue Reading →

Flowers, food and a touch of Frost! My time at Gardeners’ World Live.

This year I was lucky enough to be offered a press pass to Gardeners' World Live at the NEC, Birmingham. Eek!!! The pass included access to the press preview, access to all the show gardens and award presentation on the Wednesday and, of course, the show itself. This gave me an uninterrupted, front row, first... Continue Reading →

My humble all-pot-ment

What is an all-pot-ment? An allotment, in pots! My garden is like millions across the country - a bit of patio, a bit of grass 'for the kids to kick a ball on', and lots of fence! We are out in the garden a lot, so I wanted to make it better - more appealing... Continue Reading →

Talkin’ bout my generation

As you all know, I'm a 'newbie' to the gardening world. I think it's the same case for a lot of people in my generation. I've always been intrigued but thought "where do I start?". I often follow my father-in-law around his veggie plot, picking his brains (and his peas), but it all seems second... Continue Reading →

The first pickings

Your first homegrown harvest is a hard one to beat! You've spent weeks, months, nurturing, mothering, your green creations and now it's time for your prize. This morning, I delved beyond the green canopy of one of my pots to reveal a plump, vibrant, jewel - my first ripe radish. It was a special moment,... Continue Reading →

The person-proof plant

Plants can be terrifying things. It's easy find ourselves pandering to their every whim. More shade, more sun, too much water, not enough food and for god's sake - DON'T TOUCH THEM. The succulent laughs at these plants and tells them to get a grip! They were built with a body armour to withstand the... Continue Reading →

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