Ten Top Tips for Small, Shady Urban Gardens

Do you live in a town or city centre? Is your garden small, overlooked or in shadow for part of the day? Is digging your soil like cutting bricks or carrying out an archaeological dig? If the answer to any of these questions is ‘yes’ and you’re attempting to make a successful urban garden, then […]

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Finding Serenity in Stoke Newington

For as long as I can recall my uncle has lived in Stoke Newington. Known affectionately as ‘Stokey’ by locals, this appealing enclave in north London began its existence as a small country village in the Middle Ages, before being absorbed into the expanding city during the 19th Century. The newly rich made Stoke Newington […]

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Confucius, he say ……..

“He who carries giant satsuma tree on back of bicycle must take great care on journey”. Clearly he never said that, although I think it’s still sound advice. I never thought I’d be quoting the 2564 year old Chinaman in a gardening blog, but I have taken a shine to some of his pearls of […]

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Under the Acacias

Mingalaba! (That’s Hello! In Burmese) The first week of our trip to Burma has been non stop, so despite being in one of the most remarkable parts of this remarkable country, we’re having a day off. We’re in Bagan, the ancient capital of Myanmar, a plain now scattered with over 2000 temples, pagodas and stupas […]

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