An abundance of Climbing French Beans
Just-a-seedling Gardener

More or less?

So, is it all about quantity as a vegetable grower? Or does quality matter more? These are the lofty questions I, as a novice gardener, have been asking myself as I have enjoyed the glut...

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Just-a-seedling Gardener

Relaxed gardening?

The garden is slowly being won back. We can now see the fencing all the way around the property, and some of the big tangles of brambles have been chopped down (my husband is enjoying...

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trees with lavender bushes underplanted
Just-a-seedling Gardener

OUCH!

I hate mosquitos. They have now upped their game so that when I am bitten I get a huge swelling. Last year this led to me missing a school trip as my face exploded into...

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Bashful Basil
Just-a-seedling Gardener

Bashful Basil

  Basil and I have a love-hate relationship. The herb I mean.  I love it but I kill it with worrying frequency, and it hates to grow beyond about a centimetre for me. Despite my...

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daffodils on windowsill, yellow petals with orange corona
Just-a-seedling Gardener

Wet weather cheer

Spring bulbs. I love ‘em. Mostly because they are so EASY! Someone else has planted them. I do nothing, then they appear, like little heralds of spring, in all their sweet, colourful glory. I don’t...

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Just-a-seedling Gardener

What to do, what to do

But I LOVE fresh carrots (a lot like Peter Rabbit in that regard) so I think I will try again, but what to change? I might set aside a small piece of veggie patch for the carrots, under no illusions that it will probably get decimated unless I can convince my husband to fortify it – I’m thinking a mini equivalent to Fort Knox. Those rabbits are wiley.

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Just-a-seedling Gardener

Fawlty flowers

I love to cook. With fresh ingredients, making things from scratch. This is why I have designed a herb stand in my kitchen, filled with growing, fresh herbs I can use for my recipes, coupled with the sturdier perennials grown in pots by the back door. Marjoram, parsley, coriander all flourishing but BASIL

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trusted variety, favourite with children in lunch boxes, reliable for amateur growers in back gardens, mid sized cherry tomato Gardener's Delight
Just-a-seedling Gardener

Novice Gardener's Delight

Tomato plants have a really distinct smell. There is something inordinately pleasing and earthy and, well, fresh about the smell you get if you gently rub your hand on the leaves of a tomato plant.

So, this year I am trying my hand at growing my own.I went cheap-skate and bought three sad, half dead baby plants from the local garden centre to see if I could rescue them. The ‘Gardener’s delight’ is doing well!

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