Explaining the buzzword: ‘plant-based’

The ‘plant-based’ diet consists of foods derived from plant sources; this can include fruit, vegetables, grains, pulses, legumes, nuts and meat substitutes such as soy products. The term ‘plant-based’ does not mean vegetarian or vegan. A person that consumes a ‘plant-based’ diet may also eat small amounts of dairy, meat or fish. Grain-based diets startedContinue reading “Explaining the buzzword: ‘plant-based’”

Here’s hoping that ‘Bigfoot’ could exist

In a world where a large, ape-like creature could possibly exist is a world that I dream of living in; large forests, woodlands, green cities filled with flora and an abundance of wild, natural landscapes. Bigfoot should be able to hide from us, undetected, in the darkest deepest corners of wild areas. This isn’t theContinue reading “Here’s hoping that ‘Bigfoot’ could exist”

Being a young female on the Internet

The blog title made you worry and start reading this, didn’t it… Three-quarters of women and girls expect abuse if they post an opinion about politics or current affairs online. People tell you to watch yourself online; be on your best behaviour if you’re going to ‘put yourself out there’. 55% of women suffer anxietyContinue reading “Being a young female on the Internet”

Favourite seeds for 2018

I have three medium sized vegetable beds. One of these is filled with strawberries, blackcurrants, raspberries, a gooseberry and dahlias; the other two are empty and ready for spring. Sorting through the seeds I’ve been hoarding over the past few months and I’ve found some that I am so excited to try and grow! ItContinue reading “Favourite seeds for 2018”

Spoon carving

I’ve always had a fascination with wood, grain and trees; it’s exciting to combine it all by carving. I began studying this craft 2017 to use up wood that I was removing from garden clearances (with permission). I’ve been using different resources to expand my carving knowledge. A few of my favourite carvers for tips/tricks/instructionContinue reading “Spoon carving”

‘The plastics’ – mean girls of gardening?

The use of plastic is a huge debate in gardening right now. Us gardeners create wonderful gardens for wildlife and grow our own vegetables to avoid buying too much plastic but we sow our seeds in plastic trays and buy plants in plastic pots? This should change! Plastic has filled our oceans and landfills. ItContinue reading “‘The plastics’ – mean girls of gardening?”

Can social media become your horticultural tutor?

Being self-employed means I work alone. It’s hard to experience new things/be exposed to new gardening techniques when I don’t have a traditional, real life, role model; so I’ve let the people I interact with on social media become mine. After a few years as a gardener, you find yourself beginning to repeat what you’veContinue reading “Can social media become your horticultural tutor?”

I’m told I’m ‘good at my job’ as long as I stay in my gender assigned role

What type of person do you picture when you hear the occupation ‘gardener’ or ‘landscaper’? A middle-aged, well-built white man with a van who mows the lawn, cuts hedges and is very capable of doing jobs you can’t do yourself? What type of person do you picture when you hear ‘female gardener’? An older, white,Continue reading “I’m told I’m ‘good at my job’ as long as I stay in my gender assigned role”

Toolkit

Tools need to be clean and sharp to be useful. Tool maintenance is essential so you aren’t buying new tools every spring! The most used items in my toolkit include: Secateurs: Felco A Dutch hoe: Spear and Jackson Hori-hori: Niwaki Broom Leaf grabs Garden spade: Bulldog Garden fork: Bulldog Shears: Niwaki/Spear and Jackson Loppers: SpearContinue reading “Toolkit”