For some time now I have had a rat in the compost heap. The heap is one of those black ‘Dalek’ ones and the rat burrows its way up from the bottom to reach the fruit and veggie peels we put in the top. For a while I tried to get rid of it - … Continue reading Rat trouble!
This season I’m having my second attempt at autumn sowing (instead of spring sowing) hardy annuals. Last season’s efforts were cut short when winter gales cartwheeled my seed trays round the garden. The idea is to sow hardy annuals in early autumn, giving them a head start so they flower a month or so earlier … Continue reading Autumn sowing hardy annuals
Like a lot of Sheffield, this garden is both blessed and cursed with a heavy clay soil. Its been improved in parts but last year’s heatwave baked the ground brick hard and brought out huge cracks which took months to close. Digging the pond last year I hit thick bands of yellow grey clay a … Continue reading Investing in the soil
This is a story about creating a garden in Sheffield. Its a personal blog for me to keep track of how the garden evolves over time and to see the progress of planting combinations and different garden projects, but you're welcome to join me along the way. I'll aim to do a monthly update, and … Continue reading New shoots