The Maid of February…

Crime Writers! Looking for an unusual way to kill off a particularly annoying character? Perhaps a Mary-Sue, a little too pure-as-the-driven-snow to be fun? How about making them more interesting by subjecting them to… ….DEATH BY SNOWDROP. In this blog, I’ll often talk of the joys of edible flowers, but here’s one I don’t recommend. In France this feisty…

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…

Cold outside; Chilli inside

It’s nearly the end of January and I still haven’t sown my chilli seeds. I need to get my skates on, but have decided to wait one day longer. My compost has been sitting outside in the cold so, to prevent any possible seed-rot, I’ve popped a couple of filled trays in the propagator to take the chill…

Safety First

Boring, I know, but working a plot on a steep hill with paths that can be very slippery even in summer, I’ve discovered the necessity for a first aid kit on site the hard way. It doesn’t have to be Dr Mopp’s entire bag, but a small, well-labelled tin, on a high shelf away from…