Monthly Archives: February 2016

PDC day 3

Over the first weekend on the Permaculture Design Course last month I felt quite uncomfortable and at the end of the second day, I left feeling quite disillusioned. It was therefore with a degree of trepidation that I set off … Continue reading

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Work on the herb garden: fourth hugel bed

A couple of years ago, whilst digging a trench in the back garden, I found a crisp packet dating from when the house was built. Then on the allotment, also whilst digging, there was a plastic bag deep in the … Continue reading

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Chard roots

When I first started gardening, the aim was to have an end product: a pleasing garden and some food to eat. Then I discovered that it was a wonderful source of learning. My most recent discovery is that chard can … Continue reading

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As if by magic!

This morning, I have seen just how useful a potting shed could be. I drew up the kitchen blind and there before me    was a pot of cauliflower seedlings. Yesterday, I swear there was only one of them – … Continue reading

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Dreaming of a potting shed

On our travels today (ostensibly to go to the National STEM Centre at the Univetsity of York for an afternoon of workshops around the theme of Space), I thought I would take a look at sheds. My default position is … Continue reading

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Teeming with life

This morning, on the school run, I was delighted by the sight of a garden brimming with blooming daffodils. It also felt a bit eerie, considering we are barely into February. I would love to have had a photo but … Continue reading

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Out by the roots

I was on a bit of roll this morning. Maybe it was going out first thing and feeling I had achieved something before returning home, or maybe I was buoyed up what seems to a new, friendlier member of staff … Continue reading

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