The achievement of black plastic

After three years work, Kevin and I have finally cut down the worst of the brambles and the 2nd half of the lottie, not yet in cultivation, is now covered in black plastic. This feels like quite an achievement, though …

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Oxford Sow & Grow newsletter

For Oxford Sow & Grow, my garden advice business, I’m going to start sending out a regular newsletter with gardening tips and information on upcoming workshops. If you would like to receive the newsletter, email me on jgp@cooptel.net and ask …

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Container gardening with legs

I saw this when on holiday in Germany, as we were cycling into Dernau, in the Ahr valley (near Rhine) with friends. Gives container gardening legs, don’t you think?!

Dear weather…

Dear weather, I don’t want to sound ungrateful. Because I’m not. I’m really pleased that I don’t have to lug heavy watering cans around the lottie for an hour tonight. My maincrop and late potatoes are no doubt swelling with …

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Oxford Sow & Grow launched

I have just launched my little business, Oxford Sow & Grow, which offers gardening advice and support for beginners. I’ve found from chatting to visitors at Barracks Lane Community Garden and when running the recent women’s gardening workshops, that there …

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Lush July

The back garden is looking really lush at the moment. Thanks to all the rain in the earlier part of July, it looks a little like mini-jungle in urban Florence Park. It’s hot for a fluff-ball like Merlyn. Notice how …

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Too busy to garden

I’m just so busy at the moment with work that I’ve barely had a chance to do any gardening for the last couple of weeks, apart from tying back some tomatoes and pinching out the side growth. On the plus …

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New lottie pic

I thought it was about time to update my Lottie picture on my blog. That’s the one to the right above ‘about me’. It used to be this…  29th November 2008 And now it’s this… 15th May 2011 Progress! But …

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I ran my first gardening workshop today

I ran my first gardening workshop today. Yes, someone actually paid me to show others how to grow! The workshop was at BarracksLane Community Garden, where I’m the freelance coordinator a couple of days a week. In that role I …

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