Peacocks on my walls

I would, for choice, have peacocks on my walls – as they do at Rousham Park, Oxfordshire.

Master Composters – making compost the new brown

My new volunteering  role  is  Master Composter.  So what is exactly is that?  Master Composters are trained by Garden Organic and then unleashed by their local councils to go and tell people about making compost. Why would you want to do that?  We stood in an industrial sized shed watching the green waste lorries back…

Butternut Squash trounces rivals

No – this is not a marrow.  It is  wrinkled butternut squash AKA zucca rugosa grown from a packet from Franchi Seeds.  Jade coloured, thick skinned and said to be tasty beyond compare.  Here is one sitting in my allotment  beside the usual ones that wear American tan tights. I sowed and planted out four…

Roses move over: time for the New Planting

Most gardening books  make me yawn.  Soft focus, flowery pictures spinning fantasy – the veritable stuff to clutter a coffee table.    “Planting: A New Perspective”  by Piet Oudolf and Noel Kingsbury is off the Richter scale of such publications.  It is a serious, wordy read.