Category Archives: Gardening

Purple is the new Green


One benefit of the colder weather is that the beans have started setting pods. They won’t do anything when it is too hot, so it is always worth hedging your bets and sowing some early, say in May, some in … Continue reading

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A Taste for Foraging


The weather was perfect, as was the setting, when the MVMNT cafe hosted its first foraged food tasting event from 1 – 3 pm last Sunday. During the two hours, there were around 30 attendees, many of whom lingered for a … Continue reading

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The Fresher the Better


A while back, I attended the introductory training session for Growing Leaders from Capital Growth. As part of the proceedings, we were served a vegetarian lunch made from locally grown ingredients sourced from London farms. This might sound a bit fanciful, … Continue reading

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If not currants, then berries


My redcurrant, which I bought as a cutting from the Cherry Tree Wood in Highgate has given a dismal display this year. The picture above shows the entire ‘crop’. Some of the blame must be attributed to the extraordinary weather … Continue reading

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Stevia, not so sweet


I can’t be certain when I first became aware of Stevia, but I think I first heard the name as a sugar substitute made from a naturally sweet plant. I was instantly intrigued. When I saw the unassuming plant below in the … Continue reading

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No Sparrows this year – but a Brace of Frogs instead


After last Spring, when a family of sparrows nested above my window I was expecting the same thing to happen this year; if they had, there would be a picture of them perched on my roof, but as you can … Continue reading

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Forgive me Myrtle


Generally, I like to set the garden up in Spring, then let it look after itself as much as possible. But I carried that approach too far this year when I allowed the variegated Myrtle to dry out. By the time … Continue reading

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