Category: Green.

Growing Dahlias from Seed.

Gardeners are an optimistic bunch. We moan about the weather, but rain or shine, we’re optimistic. We must be because we keep going back for more! Despite year after year of failure with cauliflowers, I’d still love to grow the … Read More

Floral Focus: Hellebore

Hellebores really are fabulous. They pretend to be shy, unassuming plants, but, up close, the flowers are astonishing. Their bright, often-spotted petals are in fact really ‘sepals’ which are the tough outer coating of flower bud, with the petals themselves … Read More

Book Review: The Ivington Diaries

Books about learning to garden can be a bit repetitive. After all, there’s only a handful of ways to sow seeds. Books on gardens, however, are wonderful. This example from Monty Don, has captured my attention and really made me … Read More

Our urban green space.

Though it’s not officially spring yet, the area I live in has begun to change and the little green space opposite our flat has come alive. When we moved into the flat in November, the whole area was quiet, tucked … Read More

The Leeds Minimalist Group.

On October 21st, Joshua Fields Milburn and Ryan Nicodemus aka The Minimalists, will be arriving in Leeds as part of their international ‘Everything That Remains’  book tour, and in anticipation of that, a local group has been established to welcome … Read More

Living Naturally Soapnut shampoo bar.

In an attempt to reduce the amount of plastic we use, I’ve been reviewing all my toiletries. I know already that I’ll decide not to replace some things; I’m very attached to my favourite beauty products!  Because of this, I’ve … Read More

Allotment rules.

Earlier this year, I paid a visit to my sodden, mud-covered allotment and made a promise to it that this was going to be a brilliant year. 2013 saw the arrival of my first letter from the council—the letter designed … Read More

Living without supermarkets: blog inspiration

Our’Living without Supermarkets‘ challenge continues. We do have our failures, but overall, things are going well. I refuse to beat myself up if we have to venture into the Co-op for the occasional item, life isn’t perfect. The main thing … Read More

Five gift ideas for Valentine’s Day.

In a couple of weeks it will be Valentine’s Day.  A day with a murky history involving the Roman feast of Lupercalia, a few executions and those pesky greetings card-makers getting us to spend our money — apparently it’s the … Read More

RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch

This weekend sees the annual RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch. The birds that live in your garden, and in the trees outside my flat, are a great indicator of the health of the natural environment. Although the decline in farmland birds … Read More

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