Become a More Sustainable Gardener in 2022

As a garden designer, I have been heartened to see so many people embracing sustainable organic gardening over the past couple of years. But even those who set out with the best intentions could still do more to make sure they are doing the right thing for people and planet in their gardens. Here areContinue reading “Become a More Sustainable Gardener in 2022”

Happy New Year!

Hello all! I hope everyone is enjoying a good start to 2022. I am now back at work and refreshed after a break. We had a sustainable Christmas at home with family and then a few days away up north staying in a remote cottage in Assynt, further up north here in Scotland, to getContinue reading “Happy New Year!”

Don’t Put Off Until Tomorrow What You Can Do Today

We can all sometimes be guilty of procrastination. We can often have the very best of intentions to do something ‘tomorrow’. But that ‘tomorrow’ just may not come. In gardening, and in sustainability in general, putting things off can often mean that we fall short, in spite of our best intentions. I often hear peopleContinue reading “Don’t Put Off Until Tomorrow What You Can Do Today”

Start Your Own Organic Garden: An Online Course For Beginners

Right back at the beginning of this year, I ran a course to help new gardeners get started. I designed this simple, practical course to help beginners move to the point where they are ready to start their own organic food producing garden in the spring. People who took this course last year were kindContinue reading “Start Your Own Organic Garden: An Online Course For Beginners”

Where and How to Grow Herbs

From a sunny windowsill where you can grow herbs year round, to dedicated herb gardens outdoors, from annual polyculture beds in a kitchen garden, to fabulous forest garden schemes, there are plenty of options when it comes to herb cultivation. I recently shared some of my tips for starting a herb garden on Treehugger: MyContinue reading “Where and How to Grow Herbs”

Rewilding on a Domestic Scale

Some more ‘traditional’ gardeners who look at parts of my garden may be horrified by the un-manicured state of things, and the wild and natural ‘disorder’. But for me, rewilding on a domestic scale, as well as on a larger scale, is hugely important. We need far fewer neat lawns, of course, and far moreContinue reading “Rewilding on a Domestic Scale”

Choosing an Attractive Tree For a Garden

All too often, those looking for garden inspiration seem to divide plants for a garden into two categories – edible and useful plants are placed in one category, and ornamental plants in another. Unfortunately, this type of segregation blinds people to the beauty of edible and useful plants, and to the culinary or other usesContinue reading “Choosing an Attractive Tree For a Garden”

Collecting Up Fallen Leaves

This weekend, if it stops raining, I plan to do some raking. Collecting up fallen leaves is not always necessary. And of course it can often be beneficial to leave them where they fall, to rot down naturally and complete the natural cycle. However, I do collect up leaves from part of my garden eachContinue reading “Collecting Up Fallen Leaves”

Gardening Helps Fight the Winter Blues

In winter, as the nights draw in, it is easy to feel despondent. You may sometimes get the feeling that things have stalled. Taking on a gardening project can help you avoid that slumped winter feeling – giving you purpose and a sense of drive over the coldest months. Even when plants in your gardenContinue reading “Gardening Helps Fight the Winter Blues”

It Might Not Be Too Late to Start Growing This Year

If you have an undercover growing area, or live in a warmer temperate climate zone, growing edible produce is not just something which is confined to the summer months. Even in a cooler temperate climate, you can still get growing if you consider options for windowsill growing indoors. In November, there is still time toContinue reading “It Might Not Be Too Late to Start Growing This Year”