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September sowing

We’re so lucky – the gorgeous weather looks set to continue through September Nick and Ana at Salon in Brixton Village love the parsnip and sorrel seed heads I’ve been able to supply for vases and I’m also now sowing Honesty with its clear violet or white flowers followed by transparent penny seed heads and …

August and into September: reflect and plan

August and into September is the perfect time to ponder: – what’s done well this season – what could benefit for a re-think – what are your aims for getting the most out of your garden in 2014 Is it time to get going with fruit and veg? Have the children grown up a bit …

the power of flowers

Flowers give energy, or prana, as they say in yoga. You don’t have to get metaphysical to understand that flowers encourage relaxation, a smile and connection. Decorating with flowers is what we do to mark the milestones in life and the festivals of the year. We offer their fragile freshness to show love and respect, …

June and July in the veg garden

Garden, balcony or windowsill: what to do this month Keep sowing! Lettuces, chicory, radicchio are especially good as catch crops between rows of plants that take longer to mature, such as Brussels sprouts, broccoli, kale, cavolo nero and cabbages of all sorts, which can also be sown now. Catch crops are quick maturing plants. Heading …

and so to bed…

As for most aiming to garden and design sustainably, bedding plants – essentially throw away within the season – don’t appeal. The instant colour and geometric planting schemes can seem garish and contrived to modern/minimalist taste, even when done very well and in a historic framework such as at Regents Park Italianate beds. Nonetheless, the …

Chelsea Fringe 2013: Incredible Edible Lambeth Squash & Bean Swap

As an alternative to the Chelsea Flower Show, the Fringe runs for three weeks 18 May – 9 June. The Squash and Bean swap grows out of an amazing 2012 of community growing for me – involvement in Incredible Edible Lambeth and the design and set up of the Clapham Common Bandstand Beds. Follow the project on …

Late summer and early autumn are a great times to take semi-ripe cuttings – herbs like rosemary, lavender and sage, for instance. It’s a great way to get a box or privet hedge going in an economical way too. Plus, you begin to feel like a proper gardener once you’ve made a nice tray of …

From watching the tender little sprout germinate to shelling the hard little beans – it’s just lovely. These are ‘Inca’ beans, the first of the six Heritage Seed Library varieties I was so excited about back in January.  Shelling the crackling pods and seeing the burgundy yin yang babies is so pleasing. I feel connected …

Lambeth Poly

I’ve been involved with Lambeth Council, housing and residents on a pilot project for polytunnel growing. It’s been an interesting design, as it involves working with a range of stakeholders, funding and community. That’s before getting to the fun part of how/what to grow and manage the cropping cycle of leaves and herbs – these …

perennials – the long view

Early, mid- and late summer: luscious blooms from bleeding hearts, irises, peonies, japanese anemones, rudbeckias, globe thistles, alchemilla, michelmas daisies, foxgloves and many more from the cottage garden look, modern herbaceous perennial planting style or prairie planting. Take the long view and get more for your money.  September and October are the ideal time for …

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