To Dig or not to Dig, that is the Question

Digging.  An activity which for many years has been considered an essential feature of gardening, particularly in the vegetable patch.  But is it all it’s cracked up to be?  This blog is about the pros and cons of digging a plot, and where I am currently at in my own practice. Continue reading

10 Tips for Attracting Wildlife

Gardens, even small ones or indeed any greenery, can provide a much appreciated habitat for wildlife, particularly in our increasingly urbanised living spaces.  Whatever planting you have is likely to harbour some of the creatures with which we share our planet.  However, there are a number of initiatives that can be applied in outdoor spaces which can really enhance the environment and attract a wide range of wildlife to the doorstep of our homes.  This blog provides an overview of 10 ideas for supporting wildlife in gardens and other outdoor spaces. Continue reading

New Planting Scheme: Part 1

After almost a decade in our current home, in which modifications to the permanent planting have happened in piecemeal fashion, I have decided that the time has come to take a more planned approach.  This blog is about what’s wrong with the current planting (in my view) and what I hope to achieve by redesigning it (if I ever get the chance!). Continue reading

Up on the Roof: a visit to the Barbican Beech Gardens

A few weeks ago while in London for the weekend, primarily to watch the World Athletics Championships at the Olympic Stadium, I took the chance to make a pilgrimage to see the Beech Gardens at the Barbican Estate, which have recently been redesigned by Nigel Dunnett. Continue reading

Introducing Green City Gardens

In the beginning …

Gardening has become a really significant part of my life.  It started many years ago with some tomatoes in a grow-bag and a few pots of bedding plants dotted around and has developed to the point that I now have a pretty productive allotment where I grow quite a range of edibles, as well as a small but cherished domestic garden. The common theme throughout is that, having lived my adult life in a city, the gardening has always been confined to small, enclosed spaces. Indeed this is probably the experience of the vast majority of human beings given that we mainly live in densely populated towns and cities; not the rolling acreages depicted in many a gardening magazine.  So for a fair while now I have been fostering an interest in the innovative approaches being taken to ‘greening’ urban spaces, and have decided to start this blog as a vehicle for capturing my own learning, observations and attempts at applying these things in real life. Continue reading