Grow your own food: February

February is the ungardening month, best seen from the warm side of a window. If you are looking for excuses, there are a couple of good ones – walking on a frosted lawn will do it no good at all, and walking on a sodden bed will compact the soil, which makes...

Grow your own food: March

  You can plant almost anything in March, or you could, if the ground was not so depressingly wet. Walking on wet beds is not good for soil or carpets, and if the damp persists anything you have planted out might well rot. Raised beds, of course, are quick to...

A few things you should know about slugs

We never did get a winter, did we? Autumn went on forever, and now spring seems to be here. Mild, wet and windy weather has brought some beneficial effects for the gardener; however, it probably means that we will have a bumper crop of slugs. Now, to my mind, slugs...

Grow Cucumbers

    ” A cucumber, ” said Dr Johnson, ” should be well sliced, and dressed with pepper and vinegar, and then thrown out, as good for nothing.”  I am inclined to disagree. Very good in a raita, of course, and goes curiously...

Vegetable gardening in June

  Gardening in June reflects the essential cussedness of life. The warm weather, sunshine and longer days bring one’s beds to life; also, of course, they cause weeds to flourish. One is reminded once more that gardening is not an event, but a process. Never...