Using outputs from the house as inputs for the garden

Last week’s snow has all melted. I went out for a walk at lunchtime, without a coat, and didn’t freeze. There was even a few rays of sunshine. Today feels like a hint that spring might one day come to Brighton. The hyacinths and amaryllis are starting to bloom.   This is the time my attention turns … Continue reading

How to make newspaper pots for seed sowing

There are all manner of pots that you can buy to sow your seed in.  There are module trays, root trainers, jiffy pellets to name but a few. I was given some module trays by a client when she was living the UK and heading to the States.  If I am going to sow lots of … Continue reading

My top six most inspiring and informative books about growing food

In celebration of World Book Day, I am going to run down my top 6* books my top six most insipring and informative books about growing food. * It was going to be five, but I just couldn’t narrow it down further. My Top 6 Most Inspiring and Informative Books about Growing Food   6. Linnea’s … Continue reading

Creating your own sowing mixes

Sowing mixes is something that often really intimidates people.  It’s like people think you need a Ph.D to do it, or special alchemy skills.  You don’t.  It is one of those things, that once you try it a few times, you can start experimenting and creating your own. Today, I am going to run through … Continue reading

7 steps to create your seed sowing calendar

So, you’ve got some seeds.  You’re probably super excited about sowing them.  But may be also a little worried.  How do you give them the best start?  When do you sow them?  How? Over the years, I have researched seed sowing a fair amount.  I’ve read books, watched tv programmes and tried it out myself. … Continue reading

4 reasons not to panic about sowing seeds

It feels like it has been a long winter.  The sun has shone for two days in a row here in Brighton.   It seems to have sent people into a panic, like spring is here and they aren’t sure what to do or worse still feel like they should have done it all by … Continue reading

Transforming a patch of dandelions into a community garden

Sliced apples

A year and a half ago, at the back of St. Luke’s Prestonville there was a patch of grass… I say grass but really it was a patch of dandelions, brambles and cat poo. For the last week there have been little apples flying in the trees in the local area, inviting people to our … Continue reading

Surveying gardening clothes online

After having all sort of fun checking out pinterest and not finding loads that was suitable for working outside, I moved on to the next stage of surveying: a google image search for gardening clothes. I didn’t have much luck finding anything that I thought was practical and aesthetically pleasing.  It seemed like gardening clothes fitted into … Continue reading

The community garden I designed is in the newspaper

This time we are in there because of the new community compost scheme we are running.  Local residents bring their scraps and paper to the compost.  We compost it.  Then use it on the garden and give it back to residents. Read the article here and about how to get involved here

Re-designing my website using permaculture

I started blogging back in 2008 when I was given the blog as a leaving card from some colleagues who wanted to keep in touch with my adventures.  Since then I have taught myself everything I know about blogging, which has been quite an adventure.  I am getting good feedback from people that have read … Continue reading