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.

Out with the neem spray

It’s that time of the year where I can do an hour’s work in the garden after work. So, now the wind has abated, I rushed out to direct sow some broad beans. Then I turned my attention to the … Continue reading

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I am not alone!

This morning when I woke up, there was a birthday surprise behind the curtains. One daylily seed had germinated, before sometime last autumn and now there is another – at last. Anyway, there are various jobs I could have been … Continue reading

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A forgotten pocket

Over the winter at Old Sleningford Farm, we cleared an area of dead vegetation. I asked if I could keep some of the seed heads for my garden and put them in my jacket pocket. Then I didn’t wear the … Continue reading

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A burst of blue

Okay, I exaggerate slightly but the glory-of-the-snow and anemones were a delight to my eyes this evening. Especially as it is the end of term and I was held up in traffic after a lorry was engulfed in flames on … Continue reading

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Planting up – bogs and pegs

My first job this morning was to plant out a couple more broad bean plants and cover them with netting. It was great to repurpose the poles from cloches which had succumbed to the wind, so that I could hang … Continue reading

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I’ve already got some of these!

The weather this weekend has hardly been springlike and conducive to gardening, so just as well I was away. However, on the way home, I stopped off at Belton garden centre to see if they had any pheromone traps to … Continue reading

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The unexpected vs. the unwanted

As I prepared to do some work in the front garden for a change, I noticed worms in the bottom of the pond. Or perhaps they are not worms but something else that likes to inhabit fresh water. My initial … Continue reading

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