Why we use peat free compost, and so should you.

We only use peat free compost. We also only use organic fertilisers but this is another issue and one that I’m not certain is going to be an ultimately sustainable thing. I’ve been advocating organic compost for many years and am constantly surprised by the number of people who respond with the question “What’s peat?”,… Read more

When is a weed not a weed?

Essentially a weed is classified as a plant that’s in the wrong place, every plant has a home it’s simply that some are there because you choose them to be and others just muscle in on the party. Beyond the normal plants that fall into this category, Dandelion, Thistle, Clover, Herb Robert I have tomato, potato and french beans to add to the list this year, certainly not plants you’d usually classify as a weed.… Read more


The last few months for me have been extremely busy with work, travelling around the country visiting universities and other duties at the allotment. Just when I thought I might get a respite, we’ve moved into the start of the hardcore harvesting season where if you turn your back for too long you’ll be eating marrow, instead of courgette.
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Latest and greatest

Each year I get inundated with emails and catalogs selling me the latest and greatest in horticultural wares, some new technologies, some pointless slug control ideas, some classic garden favorites and then the new plants. I’m not talking about a variety of sunflower that will grow taller than your house but of the Alstroemerias that are a different shade of orange or a series of poppies that have a growers rights restriction upon them.… Read more