I’m often asked by non-gardeners for advice on what to do with the patch outside their back door. Where do you start?
My enthusiasm at getting an allotment didn’t translate into any hard work to keep on top of the bindweed and couch grass. The potatoes tasted nice though.
I was lucky to be invited onto live TV to talk about colour in the garden and how gardening is all about sharing.
BBC One asked me to take part in a gardening section of their programme Sunday Morning Live on Sunday 18th August 2019. It was all very exciting and great fun.
I often think about what a garden is for. In this third blog I suggest that having an outdoor space to think about, daydream about and be out in is a great distraction from harsh reality, worries and niggles.
In my previous post “What is a garden for?” I suggested that a garden helps us live our lives outside of ourselves, physically and mentally. You can find that post here. My second idea is simple. My garden is for looking out onto like watching a slowly changing painting, changing during the day with movement
I’ve been thinking about what a garden is for and will present one idea in each short blog over the next few weeks. By garden I want to include any space outside your home where something grows. It could be a window box, balcony, pot by the front door or a garden of any size.
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