Organic Gardening – Make Your Shopping List

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It is time to plan your planting for the winter growing season. Depending where you live, there is enough warmth left in the ground in late September to get another round of vegetables started for the end of the year. Radishes, carrots and turnips do well, also greens like spinach, lettuce and collards. This is the ideal time to plant… Read more »

Organic Gardening – Autumn Jobs

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Fall rapidly approaches and soon you’ll get to put that mower away for the season.  All the husbands in the world can relax for a few months! Have a look at your mower to see if it will be sticking around for another season. Are there any parts rusting, falling off or been kicked too many times by a frustrated… Read more »

The Gardener’s Calendar for September

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First, before you plan ahead, register for our drawing for a year-long membership to the National Trust enter the Easy Guide to Organic Gardening prize draw and you could win a Family Yearlong membership to The National Trust. There is no fee to enter, and the winning reader will also receive two essential books – “Easy Gardening with the Cheap… Read more »

Prizes Prizes – Amazing Annual National Trust Family Membership To Be Won

Prizes! Prizes! Dear Readers, you have responded with some interesting tips regarding the cultivation of the fruity vegetable, the veggie of the fruit world– tomatoes. Some of your suggestions tips are below, and also a reminder about our ongoing prize drawing. This is the best kind of drawing in that everyone will receive a prize! One of you lucky lot… Read more »

The National Trust – on us!

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Summer is winding down but that doesn’t mean there aren’t wonderful garden-related activities to do with your family. If you are UK-based, investigate the gorgeous properties and gardens of the National Trust. And until the end of August, take advantage of their family-friend offer and bring two children along for free. For the necessary voucher go to, download and… Read more »

Freshen up the windowsill (and your breath) this week

Whether its flat or curly or Dutch, parsley is easy and essential in the organic garden. The intricate little leaves are often used as a garnish (there always seems to be a healthy sprig on the side of each plate in American restaurants) but parsley adds flavor to meat dishes, soups, salads, etc. Dutch parsley, also know quixotically as Hamburg… Read more »

Record Temperatures across the US

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My poor, poor readers in the United States! How much heat can you handle? We received a Tweet from “Anita in Texas” that said she had all but given up, and was never coming out of her air-conditioned home again. Oh the Texas heat! What can you do when it is as hot as Hades? The tomatoes seems to be… Read more »

Organic Gardening – Letter to the Editor

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Hi there, This addresses two things: you asked readers to send in questions and tips on growing tomatoes, and then I saw your latest posting about growing plants in containers, well, this is real interesting because I have had no luck at all growing tomatoes, in containers, on my decent sized apartment balcony. I follow all of the instructions, they… Read more »

How Francesca learned to love Organic Gardening

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Hello to all of my gardening friends here and there across the world. After a year of reading Arabella’s informative posts, its time I muck in and join you in figuring out how exactly my garden grows. I remember as a little girl the Saturday visits to Auntie Arabella’s house. Aside from the ginger biscuits she lovingly baked for us… Read more »

A Bucket of Happiness

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I had a lovely luncheon with a dear friend of my mother’s just this past weekend in Earl’s Court. Our friend gave up her large home years ago after the death of her husband and moved back into the heart of London, which some might say is the reverse of what you are meant to do when retired. I suppose… Read more »