Ain’t that the truth!
March 5, 2015, 9:30 am
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Growing your own food is like printing money


Hampton Court Flower Show 2009
July 12, 2009, 7:35 pm
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This week GardenAfrica founder George & I went to the Hampton Court Flower Show.

The show was Tudor themed because its the 500 year anniversary of Henry’s coronation. There was a dedicated show garden for each of Henry’s unfortunate wives and the scarecrows this year were knights, queens (man headless) and kings. There was also a topiary Mary Rose in a sea of lavender


The show gardens were fab. Green roofs seemed to be a theme this year! I liked the one below, emphasising reusing & recycling and sporting a letterbox waterfall.


I also loved this “bug hotel” which anyone can make in their garden, giving wildlife some much needed shelter and attracting all sorts of creatures to pollinate plants.


Next we explored the marquees, devoting rather more time to vegetables than to flowers. We  hunted down chillies, envied the allotment show garden and got giant garlic from the Isle of Wight garlic farm shop.


They were selling lovely old fashioned heritage seeds so I bought Mellors some Woad (source of blue dye before the discovery of indigo) and some Goosefoot herb.


I took photos of some lovely chicken houses, should any of you be tempted to get chooks.


Earth does not belong to us; we belong to earth
January 30, 2009, 1:56 pm
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So often I hear “I want to grow my own food but I don’t have a garden!”

A friend sent me a link to a fantastic website today. I think it is a genius idea, and so simple! The website puts people who need land to grow food in touch with people who have a patch of land they are willing to share.



If like mine, your neighbourhood allotment has a seven year waiting list (!) and you don’t fancy waiting until 2016 to grow your first crop of potatoes then sign up today, meet people and get planting.