We’ve Bean Harvesting

The last of the scarlet runner beans are in, with a large amount destined for the seed bank. I consider this year’s growing season a success. Easy to grow, healthy and vigorous plants that looked stunning against the house – dense lush green climbers with beautiful scarlet flowers. As this was my first year growing […]

Seeds of Delight

Golan Levin and Kyle McDonald have been unwrapping flowers – taking images and stretching them out flat using panoramic software. The results are gorgeous, you can see them all on Flickr. And to celebrate such loveliness I’ve used the images as the icons below. Many delights to be found amidst the links below. Talking Plants […]

My artichokes are looking beautiful

I think when they’re perfectly ready I’ll make some of these for those near and dear who need them: Artichoke and Hawthorn Bar for cholesterol (Recipe from the BBC’s Grow Your Own Drugs – James Wong) 4 artichokes 1 litre water 475 g hawthorn berries 225 g sugar 1 cinnamon stick Juice of 1 lime […]

Jerusalem artichokes

I reckon that every garden should have Jerusalem artichokes (Helianthus tuberosus). It’s like an insurance policy – you’ll always have food growing in your yard. Because once you plant them, it’s almost certain you’ll always have them. And you won’t have to lift a finger to help them grow. Don’t get your Jerusalems confused with […]