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Now that the winter months are nearly over you will notice that your garden is starting to rise from its winter slumber. So naturally, now is the time to start thinking about and planning for the spring and summer. To bring your garden back to its full glory after...

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Glut Instinct

“Growing your own produce is great if you want no food, then 400 tomatoes, then nothing, then 120 cucumbers, then nothing, then 3 carrots that...

Getting Away From It All

Like many folk, we’ve barely spent a night away from home since the New Year. I love The Watch House with all my heart,...

The House by the Lane

‘Chyanvounder’: ‘Chy’ meaning house and ‘vounder’ meaning lane in the Cornish language. We have made three attempts to visit Cornwall this...

Whatever the Weather

Since the end of August the garden has taken one battering after another. In Broadstairs we have experienced gales from every point on the...

planting ahead

The first draft of this post began with a rather gloomy assessment of the year’s events. By the time I reached the third paragraph...

BITTERSWEET MEMORIES OF 2020

The year 2020. Where to begin? It’s tempting to dive straight into the obvious negatives – and let’s face it that would be rich...

A Year of Plotting

January 2020 After waiting only four months, we got the news that we had reached the top of the allotment...

Hairnets and Harry Wheatcroft – The Chelsea Flower Show in 1973

The Beau is a thoughtful chap. For my birthday earlier this week he managed to track down a copy of the Chelsea Flower Show...

Baby steps (towards spring)

Every weekend is pretty much the same during the lockdown. A time to catch up on sleep, to read, phone friends and family, make...

February Flowers

It’s that time of year when galanthophiles (the polite name for snowdrop bores) start to bombard social media with images of their pearly-white treasures....

Iris Reticulata ‘Pauline’

In an exciting new development, the following post can now be enjoyed as a podcast as well as in text and photographs. ...

National Allotments Week 2021

I am surprised and embarrassed to note that the last time I wrote on TFG’s blog was back in January. Where have the last...

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