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.

The birds love the mulch

When I recently moved the compost bin and planted garlic in the space where it had been, there was a thick layer of mulch left behind. Since this is one part of the garden which has so far received very … Continue reading

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Strawberries out, currants in

Last autumn, I decided not to plant out two blackcurrant bushes, as I needed to get the shed in first. However, this time round the only thing to hold me back was the strawberries, which were growing in the spot … Continue reading

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Determined to have parsnips

Yesterday, I shared with you the news that the roots of evening primrose may be like parsnips. And since parsnips are one of my favourite vegetables, it would be a shame to put the seeds I collected in the municipal … Continue reading

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An alternative to parsnips?

Parsnips don’t grow in my garden. Perhaps I haven’t tried hard enough. But if something is that difficult I might as well grow something else. Fortunately, evening primrose has none of the reticence exhibited by parsnips. It supposedly prefers full … Continue reading

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Fertilising the apple tree

Yesterday, as I was planting my newest apple tree, I reminisced about the other two and how they had much less goodness in their planting holes. I’m not sure this will have affected outcomes but the oldest of them, the … Continue reading

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My Ribston Pippin

After a year of waiting, the Ribston Pippin arrived on Wednesday. I wasn’t in, so the delivery was handed to one of my neighbours for safekeeping. I bet she wondered what it was. It could be described as looking like … Continue reading

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Walking chives

Recent high winds blew the heads of the walking onions away, so it doesn’t look like they will be walking any time soon. On the other hand, the chives self-seeded, making a new row this summer. While insects love the … Continue reading

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