January is when your allotment looks like a building site At least, that’s the case with mine. The earth is bare, the two raised beds are dug and I have a pile of wood and black plastic covering parts of my garden. Despite all of this I feel like I’m catching up with work and planning for the spring season ahead. With so many green shoots beginning to emerge, I’m feeling pressured to get a move on it though. Yesterday I spent four hours weeding, moving soft-fruit bushes, and generally

Some fruit and vegetables only need to be planted once Perennial fruit and vegetables are a staple in every edible garden. They’re low-maintenance crops that only need to be planted once and are often the first crops of the year to produce. Instead of sowing seeds each year, they regrow of their own accord, providing you with the easiest harvest possible. This list includes seven perennials you can get started in your own garden, along with tips on how to grow and care them. This post may contain affiliate links. Thank

It’s been an unusually warm winter I write that as the wind is howling and the temperature hovers around oC. Just a few days ago it was much more pleasant and closer to 14C — the type of weather you’d expect in early spring. Knowing that we were forecast a cold blast I set decided it was the perfect time to check in on my honeybees. January beekeeping isn’t generally a thing in the northern hemisphere but on the Isle of Man it’s generally mild enough to quickly have a look

Strawberry beds can go wild with ‘Runners’ Runners are a good thing — these long root-like tendrils that grow from strawberry plants actually create new plants. Wherever the runner touches soil, roots will form and a new plant will form. That means that once you have strawberries planted, you’ll never have to buy new ones again. The downside is that each mature strawberry plant will send out runners whether you need new plants or not. If the runners aren’t snipped back, baby plants can quickly crowd a strawberry bed. You can go

My Strawberry Pallet Planter has gone Global Five years ago I published a tutorial on how to convert a single wooden pallet into an attractive Strawberry Pallet Planter. Since then it’s gone viral and I’ve had a lot of emails from people who have made their own — some have even sent photos. While I use mine just for planting up strawberries I’ve been amazed at the versatility and creativity used in your interpretations. Some have raspberries planted inside, and others have lettuce and potatoes. The design of the DIY planter

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