Posts Tagged "Gardening"

5 Tips for Gardening in a Small Space

Posted by on May 26, 2013 in Home & Garden | 0 comments

With or without an allotment to keep a spring and summer garden going, the idea of moving from house to flat calls for some creative gardening solutions. Of course, not every perfect spring flower or vegetable will thrive in a small environment without space (and sun) to grow. But even in a small flat, it’s possible to have a bit of fun with the right gardening ideas. You’ll need to swing by the local gardening centre for a few plants and seeds, and perhaps take a look at MySmartBuy for any additional equipment – but once that’s done, you can turn your attention...

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New Sheds For Old (On My Allotment)

Posted by on May 13, 2013 in Home & Garden | 0 comments

We had some wild weather last winter, and there were nights I woke up listening to the howling winds and fearing that my allotment shed was going to end up in Kansas. Remarkably it stayed put – just. But it did lose some felt off the roof that then caved in, and it now leans distinctly to the left. It’s in a very sorry state as you can see:   So – time for a brand new shed. Luckily, as I am moving house soon, to a flat without a garden, I had a shed in need of relocating. It’s a lot bigger than the old shed, but I have been lucky enough to have my allotment...

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Handmade Thursday: Pretty Ice Cubes

Posted by on Jun 30, 2011 in Food & Drink, Home & Garden | 11 comments

Maybe I am stretching the concept of ‘handmade’ just a little bit too far here – but my contribution this week is a post about ice cubes! On my allotment the annual herb borage self-seeds freely, and I let it do so, as the pretty blue flowers attract bees, and I like to use them to freeze in ice and add to summer drinks.     It does not involve any more than that – collecting the flower heads and placing one in each individual ice cube (or ice heart in this case) compartment, and filling up with water before freezing.       Making these...

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Great Monty Don, Great Gardens of Italy

Posted by on Apr 12, 2011 in Books & Film, Home & Garden, Travel & Leisure | 4 comments

Isn’t it great that Monty Don has returned to Gardener’s World? We missed you Monty!     In true indefatigable fashion, Monty recently said in interview, ‘It will take more than a stroke to hold me back’, and testament to this is his not only his return to Gardener’s World, but also his new book, Great Gardens of Italy, with Derry Moore, and the up-coming accompanying BBC series of the same name.     I have been engrossed in the book for the past week. At first I was a little non-plussed – the photographs, by Derry Moore, are beautiful...

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