Event: Nepitella

It all started in June 2012, in a restaurant in Little Italy, New York. I chose what I thought was a simple dish – gnocchi with pesto. What I was served was so unusual, it launched a three-year quest to recreate it. What was that, that strange flavour I could only describe as giving the pesto,…

Event – Gariguette Strawberries

This is the second year I’ve grown Gariguette and I’m absolutely delighted. I took runners last year and have always been a little concerned that they’re notoriously light croppers. I figured, though, that I’d rather have a few superb fruit than a load of indifferent berries. I’m happy to report that both the second-year mature…

The Best Mini Greenhouse in the Universe

I’ve long wanted a mini greenhouse. I don’t have the room or money for a full-size one, but a little place for overwintering larger plants or bringing on warmth dependent veg like aubergines was on my wish list. I’ve been collecting rubbish wood/fittings/interesting stuff out of skips for the past year, and now I’ve nearly…

Last of the Forced Rhubarb

Both the upside and downside of seasonal produce is each crop’s end. There’s nothing better than going out with a really explosive firework of a haul and this year’s forced rhubarb has just rewarded me with truly exquisite last knockings. It’s been a long season. I’ve been dipping into that forcing pot since the end…

Capability Brown and His Landscape Gardens

Sarah Rutherford, Pavilion Books Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown and I enjoy a slightly awkward relationship. Don’t get me wrong, I love his landscapes and never pass up an opportunity to visit any of his gardens. Stowe, Croome, Wallington, Blenheim, Petworth – the list goes on and on; infinitely it would seem, since according to author Sarah Rutherford he was…

Event Number One, 2016: Forced Rhubarb

I’ve never known garden-forced rhubarb this early – 30th Jan – before, but then I’ve never known a winter so mild. I put the forcer over the burgeoning buds back in late November- normally they’re not even showing ’til January. It’s a rather lovely terracotta forcer I bought for home, but my garden faces north-east; rhubarb there…