Sweet cicely - and some EYFG publicity.

Tuesday, 29 May 2018

Kg spread

I've written a two-and-a-half page spread about EYFG in the latest issue of Kitchen Garden magazine, which will be on sale in newsagents from 31st May. I'm hoping that will bring in some pledges from the magazine's 50,000 readers!

Meanwhile, here's a picture of some seedpods on my sweet cicely plant. Myrrhis odorata doesn't make it into the book - I'm not sure it's quite "invisible" enough to…

The easiest plant in the book?

Tuesday, 8 May 2018


I'm hoping that the hot Bank Holiday weekend will have led to a flurry of pledges for Eat Your Front Garden, with people having spent three days fretting about how dull and unproductive their fronts are. Meanwhile, I'm writing the chapter on Oenanthe javanica - a plant with very pretty, very tasty leaves, which I grow in a big tub of water. It might not be the longest chapter in the book, because…

Hosta la vista!

Tuesday, 24 April 2018

This week I am both eating, and writing a chapter about, hostas. They are a perfect EYFG plant, widely grown in front gardens for their colourful leaves, and really delicious as a green vegetable. It's the spring growth that's used as food - the rolled-up leaves that look like witloof chicory. Slice them off at ground level and eat them lightly steamed, or use them as an ingredient in, for instance…

There was a young gardener ...

Monday, 19 March 2018

EYFG is now 7% funded - many thanks to everyone who has pledged, and please keep telling your friends about the book. I promised on Twitter that I would write a limerick, or clerihew, for the pledger who tipped us over the 7% line, and send it to them on a postcard. That person was Sam Farrell - so, Sam, if you'd like to contact me here or on social media, I'd be very glad to do that for you.



Friday, 2 March 2018

Yesterday's pledges took us to 5%, and today's took us over the first £1,000 raised. Many thanks indeed to everyone who has pledged. Because of the Data Protection Act, I don't receive a note of pledgers' email addresses, so I'm not always able to thank everyone individually - but please know that I am very grateful to all of you!

Oca and mashua

Monday, 26 February 2018

Oca nov 15 003

If you're growing oca and mashua from tubers saved from last year's crop, don't forget to check the "seed" tubers regularly from now on. If they haven't already started sprouting, they'll probably be doing so soon. When the oca have sprouts showing, move them to a light, cool, frost-free place - just as if you were chitting potatoes. Sprouting mashua are best planted in 4 inch pots in multi-purpose…


Sunday, 18 February 2018

Many thanks to everyone who has supported Eat Your Front Garden so far - we've reached 2% funded on the third day of funding, which I'm very pleased with. I've always maintained that the final 98% is the easy bit ... Also, I note that of the 11 backers so far, 2 are people I don't know - which seems a very decent ratio for so early in the project. Thanks again, and please keep spreading the word!

Non-edible, but non-negotiable.

Friday, 16 February 2018

Someone asked me today which of the non-edible plants in my front garden I'd most like to get rid of. I didn't need to think about it long: there's a climbing hydrangea which was already in place when we arrived here, 20-odd years ago. It's one of the dullest plants I've ever known. It needs a lot of pruning, otherwise next door can't see to back their car out, it has (in my opinion) rather uninteresting…

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