Strawberry Blossom on Flickr.

Strawberry Blossom on Flickr.


So organized. So much food!


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Become a Biodynamic Gardener, and grow your own. Learn about “the buddy system” and “companion plantings” as well as composting and crop rotation. Certain plants benefit by growing near other plants: tall crops can provide a canopy for shorter crops; leeks will repel carrot flies; include flowering herbs and perennials to attract beneficial insects. 

Illustration:  Genevieve Simms 

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The Daily Make: Signs of spring.

Lots more sewing today, but it’s still secret.

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Life breaks through.

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Help the pollinators!

"Say No to the Mow.

Fancy saving on mowing and discovering what wild flowers you have in your garden? Join Plantlife this year, set aside a sunny patch of lawn and “Say No To The Mow”.

Daisies, speedwell, buttercups, ladies smock – what might be growing in your lawn? Have fun creating your own mini meadow and tell us what you find.

How it works
By taking the “Say No to the Mow” challenge, all you have to do is choose a patch of lawn and spare it from your mower’s blades until the Big Mow in August. Then, as your No-Mow Zone begins to flourish, download our free ID sheet and tell us on our forthcoming survey page which wild flowers you spot. Your results will join others on a blooming great map of the UK, showing what’s flowering where and when.

For best results…
Here are a few simple steps to increase your chances of finding some wild flowers:

Your No-Mow Zone can be any size or shape, however for best results try and make it at least a yard squared (or even better two metres by two metres). Choose a patch of lawn that hasn’t been mown since the 1st March this year. If you can place your No-Mow Zone away from flowers beds this will means garden plants are less likely to invade.”’s new campaign: Say No to the Mow.

A great project to try anywhere. What grows if you don’t mow? Usually things that benefit wildlife, because they bring the seeds. 

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I don’t like February. Winter has been going on for months, the weather is grey and dismal, spring seems aeons away and even the appearance of snowdrops and catkins can’t lift my spirits.

This year, February has been especially trying, and we’re not even half way through. The wild and stormy weather that’s been battering the UK since before Christmas is beginning to try my patience to its limits, with seemingly constant rain and night after night of howling winds. I ventured out to the allotment today but the wind was cruel; even sowing a few seeds in the polytunnel had to be abandoned as it flapped and heaved around me in an alarming way. I dug up a few leeks, picked some parsley and scuttled back home and sowed some leeks, broad beans, lettuce and globe artichokes in the relative warmth of the greenhouse/conservatory instead.

On the flip side, here in Los Angeles, it’s been like fall after December and January temps akin to summer. All of my bulbs and flowers that would usually start sending out new leaves or bloom in a few weeks, started around Christmas.

No rain has meant very small, struggling vegetables. I thought it was just me, as it was too hot for me to water at some times and, you know…water conservation. I visited some public veggie gardens and spoke to local gardeners and it’s all the same. We all have tiny heads of lettuce and brassicas that never started or died in the seedling stage.

Plants that should’ve dropped their leaves months ago are just now doing that. Meanwhile, I’m kicking myself for not planting tomatoes and cukes. My succulents, however, are doing just fine even though some of the aloes & echeverias look a little parched.

I was going to plant lettuce — now we are buried in 10+ inches of snow topped with ice!

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