A garden visit: Whinfell Quarry Garden

Whinfell Quarry Garden is Sheffield’s own secret garden.  Despite being on a main road a few miles from Sheffield city centre and next to some popular footpaths, I never see more than a handful of people there. It’s a magical place and well worth a visit. A potted history. The garden dates from the turn … Continue reading A garden visit: Whinfell Quarry Garden

Breaking my new year’s resolutions – one seed packet at a time.

My gardening resolutions for 2020 were: 1. Not to let germination get out of hand, thus spend the entire season pricking out, potting up and potting on, leaving no time for anything else.  2. To stake plants that need staking. I made an effort last season with my willow supports and cut flowers, but woeful … Continue reading Breaking my new year’s resolutions – one seed packet at a time.

Chilli Pearls – growing Biquinho chillies

Some blog posts are spontaneous things, dashed off in an hour. This one is nearly a year in the making, and its satisfying to see a project through from start to finish. In January 2019 I had a meal out in Pizza Express and found tiny sweet chillies sprinkled through my Caesar salad.  I had … Continue reading Chilli Pearls – growing Biquinho chillies