Author Archives: Helen

About Helen

I have always been interesting in living a more environmentally friendly lifestyle and used to do what I could. Now, I have come to realise that we have reached such a point in terms of environmental degradation that it is more important - perhaps - to focus on building resilience. I therefore do as much as I can to reuse, grow my own and encourage a supportive community, for example. I also keep reading and learning all the time.

Time for biomass

It looks like inside the shed is damp. Not only did some of my produce go mouldy over the winter but the phacelia seeds I kept in there were soft rather than brittle when I took them out today. I … Continue reading

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Work begets work

I haven’t managed any work in the garden today but that’s because I finally got down to work in the house which I’ve been sitting on for some considerable time. The other day, some friends came round and I was … Continue reading

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Return of the wild garlic

This morning, I received an email from a foraging organisation which showed its excitement at the emergence of this year’s wild garlic. I therefore thought I had better pop outside to see if mine was showing through. Hurray – and … Continue reading

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Twisting and rocking

We’ve just had another battering of wind this weekend – and Saturday night I ended up outside after midnight, hunting round for the compost bin lid. I also noticed that the net tunnel over one stretch of broad beans had … Continue reading

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Beans in the propagator

Due to the activities of wildlife visitors to the garden, some of the broad beans I direct sowed last autumn will probably not produce. Fortunately, there were a few seeds left in the packet, so they have been sown in … Continue reading

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The Angel Shades Caterpillar

Today, the last of the current batch of bokashi solids went in the ground. It has gone round the rhubarb crown, in the hope that the roots will grow into the compost. Whilst outside, I saw a caterpillar in the … Continue reading

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Impossible not to dig

When I first learned about the no-dig technique, I wasn’t ready to take it on board. Then I moved up a notch and with my hugel beds in situ, there is little chance of my being able to dig approximately … Continue reading

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