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April Newsletter

“I love spring anywhere, but if I could choose, I would always greet it in a garden” Ruth Stout

Ruth Imogen Stout was an American author best known for her “No-Work” gardening books and techniques.

She adopted a year-round mulch technique which virtually eliminated the labour associated with traditional gardening- Her minimalist approach!

She wrote such titles as How to Have a Green Thumb Without an Aching Back (1955) and  I’ve Always Done It My Way. New York (1975).

We featured this quote in our newsletter last April, we wanted to share it with you again as it seemed so appropriate for many of us now.

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Kim Stoddart pictured in her resilient gardens (2)

Building Resilience in our Gardens

Building Resilience in our Gardens: Looking Backwards to See the Way Forward

Guest blog: in an extract from her new book, The Climate Change Garden, author Kim Stoddart explains how learning from the past will help us to weather the climate change storm ahead…

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November Newsletter

The focus for the November garden is protection. Cold weather has arrived, and tender plants need to be snug in the greenhouse with those too large to move being cloaked in protective fleece. Move containers to shelter against house walls and make sure that any staked plants are nice and secure against wind rock. Use fleece and cloches to protect veg plants such as chard and swede against frost and possible snow.

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February on the Allotment Garden

February on the Allotment Garden

By Richard Chivers

February can be a tricky month for an allotment gardener.

It’s a month that teases us a little. In meteorological terms it’s the final full month of winter (although it does take up a chunk of March too) but for us growers it can still feel a long way to go until the frosts have passed and we can really get the allotment garden moving.

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To Sow, To Read … and maybe dream

My potager as it once was, and no amount of dreaming will bring it back again.

My potager as it once was, and no amount of dreaming will bring it back again.

There have been some perfect days for gardening this last week, though somehow, other than feed the hens and check the rain gauge, all tasks have been undertaken under cover. Protection on and off my citrus trees on frosty nights (the porch / mini-conservatory has yet to be finished), but otherwise a great deal of planning: seeds all catalogued using a revised system, and others ordered so that as soon as the ground is fit, we’ll be out there with our ‘task board’ and list of tasks. I allow myself to dream of the days when there seemed to be endless time after work and at weekends for pottering in the garden. Working freelance has its disadvantages and time seems to be compressed into segments between commissions.

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