Oh dear, I forgot to plant my asparagus! A Guest Post!

And I do love to serve asparagus for dinner guests. I have found that the most joy I get, as a hostess, is the bacon-wrapped asparagus that comes fresh off of the grill. Our guests are always in rapture over this, and also my slightly more involved asparagus filo pastry puffs, which I’ll confess I am sometimes too lazy to… Read more »

WRITING AN ORGANIC GARDENING JOURNAL

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Dear Top Gardening Friends One fantastic way of making your organic gardening more easy and relevant to you and your family’s needs is to keep an log or journal even before you start working on your garden, so that you can record all of your results, and the reasons why some things work better than others. You should for example… Read more »

WEEDS IN THE GARDEN

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Weeds in the Garden Pulling weeds is supposed to be good for the soul, and even a bit of exercise, but it’s probably the least fun part of gardening. You’ve got two choices – blast the weeds with chemicals, or get down on your hands and knees and get tugging. As nice as the idea is that you could spray… Read more »

HOW TO MAKE THE BEST USE OF YOUR HEAVENLY HERBS

So here are some suggestions for you: In cooking – an obvious place to start: Basil, Chives, Mint, Rosemary, Tarragon, Chervil, Marjoram, Thyme, Fennel, Coriander, Bay and Rockett – are all wonderful additions to a wide variety of dishes. My absolute favourite is Coriander which I find excuses to use frequently In making Pot Pourri Bergamot, Camomile Flowers, Rosemary, Lavender… Read more »

HEAVENLY HERBS

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Dear Top Gardening Friends My last post talked about creating a cottage garden, which can include a range of herbs. Many of us will grow herbs for their culinary use, however they can be grown for pot-pourri, medicinal or even ornamental reasons.If you have children and a small space in the garden, then encourage them to plant and look after… Read more »

CREATING YOUR OWN COTTAGE GARDEN

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Dear Top Gardening Friends A cottage garden is an idyll, a place of informal splendour – no sculptured edges, just amazing randomness. A completely natural space attracting wildlife. Many plants growing in a cottage garden are easy to grow and do not have to cost a great deal. If starting from scratch you can scatter a few packets of appropriate… Read more »

LOCATION LOCATION LOCATION

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Dear Top Gardening Friends There are several considerations that you need to take into account when you are planning your organic gardening area, and using paper and a pencil can be a huge help here. If you have access to standard graph paper, this is ideal because the first thing you need to draw is a plan of the area… Read more »

PERFECT TOOLS FOR THE JOB

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Dear Top Gardening Friends To get started with organic gardening, there are a few basic tools and supplies that you need. However, because organic gardening is no different to the non-organic variety apart from the fact that there are no chemicals involved, the tools and supplies that you need to get started can be kept fairly basic. You can then… Read more »

ROTATION IS A GOOD THING!

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Dear Top Gardening Friends Although it is likely that if you live in a temperate clime, you will start planting and sowing in the spring, it is not necessarily the only time that you will be planting because depending upon where you live, it is possible to plant two or three crops every year. For example, you might start with… Read more »

PROTECTING YOUR PLOT FROM THE ELEMENTS

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Dear Top Gardening Friends If sunshine is something that your garden must have, then too much wind is exactly the opposite, something that you really don’t need. Excessive wind can easily damage your plants or blow them over in an extreme case, so if you live somewhere that is notoriously windy, you need to think about how you can offset… Read more »