Dave Hamilton is a freelance writer, forager, garden tutor and garden consultant. His main work is as a garden writer and in this capacity he has written for (amongst others) BBC Gardener’s World Magazine, The Guardian and Grow Your Own. He co-authored the Self-Sufficient-ish Bible with his brother Andy and wrote the award winning book [...]
The following article first appeared in ‘Grow your own’ magazine back in February as part of my ‘Theory Behind…’ series. In traditional gardening and farming, land is weeded and/or cleared of crops before a soil improver such as compost and/or manure is dug or ploughed into the soil to improve the soil structure, aerate the [...]
It’s that time of year. The grass is beginning to grow, and faster than you would imagine it could. Suddenly, it’s getting to the stage where it needs cutting, lest it overwhelm your food crops or smother your flower seeds or simply ruin your well-tended croquet lawn.
Huge thanks to our latest guest blogger, Rob Hopkins for allowing us to reproduce the following blog. Rob is the founder of the Transition network and author of five excellent books. Sometimes the simplest ideas carry with them, when thought through, such a powerful taste of how the future could be that they are quite irresistible. One such [...]
In this our second instalment of guest blogs, Jono Stevens founder and chief of the excellent one man blog Real Men Sow “a cheery allotment blog”, tells us just how much an allotment can save you in a year. Last year I decided to work out how much money I saved by growing my own [...]
In the first of our series of guest bloggers Emma Cooper writer, gardener and podcaster, talks about peat free seed sowing. We have reached the time of year when kitchen gardeners everywhere start sowing seeds – the race seems to be on to see who can sow their tomatoes, peppers and aubergines first. Unless you’re [...]
This article first appeared in Country Small Holding magazine in he Autumn of 2010 At this time of year, the spherical rock we cling to on its journey through space begins to tilt away from the sun making the nights longer, the days shorter and the likelihood of needing a coat and hat when stepping [...]
In the UK it is winter right up until early March and fruit trees and bushes are in their dormancy period, making this a perfect time to get pruning. During this dormancy the sap has not yet risen so cuts can be made without the tree or bush ‘bleeding’ to death. Some important things to [...]
What’s more increased bladder flow can deplete valuable vitamins and minerals such as potassium, vitamin C and various B vitamins. To further these feelings an increase in REM (rapid eye movement/dream) sleep means your brain has been falsely excited and this can lead to depression.
Coriander Corriandrum Sativum is an annual herb and a native of Southern Europe and the Middle East. Corriander is the name given to the seeds of the plant whilst the leaves are known as Cilantro. Coriander is from the carrot family. It leaves are either tiny white or tiny purplish and are in clusters. Most [...]