How to take dahlia cuttings

The dahlia addiction is expensive, but if you know this little trick it will save you lots of money and also make your current dahlias much healthier. You don't want lots of stems coming out of one tuber because the plant becomes crowded and air can't circulate through the stems and foliage. If it's a… Continue reading How to take dahlia cuttings

Wild garlic recipes

I love this wild garlic because not only is it delicious, good for you and cheap, but it's a sign that summer is well and truly on the way and what can be better? Wild garlic can be found in our woodlands and hedgerows. The subtle scent of garlic wafts through the area and the… Continue reading Wild garlic recipes

Propagating yew & box hedges

We have some overgrown and past their best hedging at the back of the house. It's woody, wild and the selection of shrubs and trees isn't what I'd have picked. So to save our bank accounts the hit of new hedging, we’ve been propagating some yew and box from another part of the same hedge.… Continue reading Propagating yew & box hedges

Making greenhouse staging from pallets

I've needed extra staging for the greenhouse for the last year and have been looking for a wallet friendly solution. We've tried looking at shelves from ikea and even the potting benches from Aldi (really great, but smaller than we need and £29.99), but then I saw on Charles Dowding's page that he created some… Continue reading Making greenhouse staging from pallets

Sowing tomato seeds 🍅

In the past I have always bought little plug plants for my tomatoes but felt like I was cheating... I'm not sure why, I often say you don't get a medal for making things harder for yourself, but I'm sure I'll definitely get an extra kick of satisfaction knowing I'm eating something I grew from… Continue reading Sowing tomato seeds 🍅

Chitting potatoes (my first time!)

I have a confession to make... I have never chitted my potatoes before. If I'm honest, I never actually thought it was worth it and would make any difference, but it's hard to ignore so many gardeners! This year I wanted to plant some super earlies into bags in the greenhouse to have a harvest… Continue reading Chitting potatoes (my first time!)

Recipe: Pickled onions

If your onion harvest this year was anything like mine, then this recipe is for you. For the second year in a row, most of our onions were tiny and shallot sized. Luckily for my dad who is the biggest pickled onion fan, we decided the best use for them would be to pickle them… Continue reading Recipe: Pickled onions