Monthly Archives: June 2016

  1. Gardening on a budget with Growing Nicely

    Gardening is one of our favourite hobbies and in this fast moving world, it has many benefits. You get a pretty space to enjoy and unwind in at the end of a busy day and to grow some of your own food. I love growing herbs like thyme, rosemary, chives and parsley by the back door, using them freshly picked in cooking. A small budget doesn’t have to hold you back and it doesn’t mean small ideas, a touch of creativity and planning ahead can help a small budget go a long way.

    Steps to gardening on a budget

    1. Use annual seeds

    A packet of annual seeds makes hundreds of plants. Hardy annuals are the easiest for inexperienced gardeners, they can be sown directly into the soil at this time of year. Flowering plants like Californian poppy, Nigella and sunflowers bring lots of colour into the garden, and birds and bees will be attracted by English marigolds and poppies.

    The list of plants easily grown from seed is almost endless and it’s a gr

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  2. Our interview with Smallest Smallholding

    Our interview with Smallest Smallholding

    Earlier this month we spoke to Lucy over at Smallest Smallholding to find out more about working with a smallholding, environmentally friendly gardening, and the no-dig gardening approach. Find out more about what Lucy gets up to below!

    Smallest Smallholding interview

    1. You’ve been working with your smallholding properly for 10 years now, what would you say are the biggest challenges you have faced and how have you overcome them?

    My little backyard ‘smallholding’ has gone from a fair sized garden to a fairly productive piece of land in those 10 years. It’s nowhere even remotely near to ‘proper’ smallholding status (though that’s the dream!) but I am constantly trying to juggle what is feasible, and the ideas and dreams in my head for turning my little patch of land into a sustainable, wholly productive and wildlife-friendly space. So firstly, my biggest challenge has been me, and my expect

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  3. Top 10 fun ideas to start children gardening this summer

    Top 10 fun ideas to start children gardening this summer

    As the summer holidays approach, as a parent you are probably looking for ideas to stave off the inevitable ‘I’m bored’ statement for as long as possible. Gardening with children is a great way to get some fresh air, exercise, and have fun together.

    We spoke with Victoria Myhill at Budding Gardeners to get her ideas on what to do this summer and fun ways to get children gardening. The post below has been provided by Victoria.

    10 great ways to get kids into gardening

    1. Write a food diary

    As an introduction to gardening, children can write a food diary with pictures of the foods they ate over a weekend. Discuss the number of different food types, if they are healthy foods, the food groups they belong to and whether any of these foods can be grown at home in the garden. Children can suggest what vegetables they would like to grow and discuss each choice based on “Do we l

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  4. Talking allotments with Allotment Garden

    Talking allotments with Allotment Garden

    Recently we caught up with John from Allotment Garden to see how much of an impact allotments have had on Britain through the years. as well as some of the challenges of running one and how to overcome them.

    Check out our interview with John with below.

    Our interview with Allotment Garden

    1. Allotments are a big part of British history; do you think more should be done to preserve the allotment trade in the UK?

     Allotments are far more than some historical hangover. People may no longer depend on them for their food but they provide a leisure activity for many that has been shown to promote both physical and mental health. They also provide green spaces in the urban landscape and by mixing people in different ethnic, age and social groups, allotments promote social cohesion.

    So a resounding Yes! Preserve, support and develop more allotments.

    2. You’ve managed a c

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