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Gardening and parenting: a note to self

If I intervene with horrified shrieking when Leon plays with dirt and hoicks things up now, he is less likely to be positive about the garden later on, at an age when he can learn the difference between ‘weed’ and … Continue reading

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Garden planning 2013: back garden

My rough plan for the year! It would be better with a sketch, & I may try to add one (I have one in my notebook). Now I need to transfer it all to the calendar.

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Book!

My book, Permaculture in Pots, is now out! It looks absolutely fantastic — everyone involved has done an amazing job, and I’m thrilled that it’s made it all the way to print now. Should you want a copy, it’s available … Continue reading

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Tidying up the garden for the winter

At the weekend I hoicked out the tomatoes (getting a fair crop of green tomatoes in the process), courgettes, gone-to-seed lettuce, and a bundle of unexpected carrots, to clear some space before winter. I also dug over the compost and … Continue reading

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Garden diary 18.08.2012

In an attempt to keep better track of what happens in the garden, a new weekly note-to-self. Planted: 1.5 rows of turnips in SE bed. 2 rows pak choi in SW bed. 1 row chard in NE bed. Handful of … Continue reading

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Garden update

Despite the erratic weather, things in the garden are moving on happily. A quick list (no photos this time, may try to add some tomorrow): Apples on the apple tree! Research suggests that as this is a 3-yr-old tree, I … Continue reading

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Flowers: permaculture and beauty

Permaculture isn’t only about the practical; or rather, “practical” covers more than you might think. Permaculture is all about sustainability, and that includes creating environments which are sustainable for humans in respect to all their needs. A garden needn’t just … Continue reading

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Peas and beans

I planted most of my broad beans last November/December, in two of the raised beds. One lot were planted in the polyculture winter veg bed, and the second lot in the bed next to it as a block on their … Continue reading

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Salad plantings

Also on my March planting list were green salad leaves. All of my preferred green salad leaves are cut-and-come-again types; from a permaculture perspective, that’s a more productive use of the soil as you can keep harvesting throughout the season … Continue reading

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Planting tomatoes for this year

It’s spring, so I’ve been doing a lot of planting in the garden. For once I actually have a month by month list, entered into my diary on a weekly basis, as the only way I’ll get things done on … Continue reading

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