Calming Melissa: How to use lovely lemon balm

It didn’t seem out of the ordinary to be struggling through the last couple of weeks of pregnancy and sometimes feel a little fractitious…ill-tempered…grumpy. Or so I reasoned as I stripped bare the flourishes of spring growth of my lemon balm (Melissa officinalis) 3 days into spring. I’d been hitting the stuff hard those last […]

Super Success Strategies: Potatoes

Really, I have nothing to complain about – my potatoes are just fine. I prepare the soil well, feed them with lots of comfrey, treat them right and voilà potatoes (because they really are that easy). But ever-searching for produce nirvana, I did a little digging to find out just what it would take to […]

The Broad Beans Are Back

Last week I was convinced the wind was destroying my broad beans. I really like broad beans. With today’s fantastic sun and assuaged winds, came a chance to get in and discover the damage. And I’m pleased to say, they did just fine; until an exuberant 2-year-old tried to help me pick them. Broad beans […]

Sometimes we lack the words: The Lexicon of Sustainability

Words are the building blocks for new ideas. They have the power to activate change and transform societies. Good golly galooshes, some people are clever. Let me introduce to Douglas Gayeton and Laura Howard-Gayeton have been travelling around the USA meeting some of my personal heroes and a fair few other fine-minded individuals. The result is a […]