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Roll out the barrow

Forget the dainty basket. At my parents’, a wheelbarrow is what’s needed this month. Victoria plum bonanza. Aside from jam, any ideas? …

Colours of the Week

Some of yesterday’s harvest: last of the broad beans, first decent pick of the blackcurrants A stand selling plants at this week’s …

A bad case of loose trowels

Having just written a post about garden accessories, and always opting for black if plastic is the only option, I have been having …

Right plant, right place

There is perhaps nothing quite as cheering as seeing plants thriving in a particular spot in your garden, especially when they have not …

New boots and pansies

This morning I trotted along to the Royal Bath and West Show in Shepton Mallet, the biggest of the summer agricultural shows. …

Thor on Tor

We’ve had a long spell of dry weather, building to a sweltering ‘bread oven’ last Friday and then interrupted at 3am on Saturday morning by …

3 gifts for budding kitchen gardeners

The Kew Gardens Children’s Cookbook: Plant, Cook, Eat! (£12.95) If your small child is even vaguely interested in helping you in the garden, or …