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”

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”

‘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”

#3

It’s the third year anniversary of Eleanor Owens Gardening! Cracking year out and about looking after my lovely maintenance clients’ gardens and expanding my horticultural knowledge with online courses. Targets completed this past year include: Buying a van (which was honestly changed my life for the better!) Expanded my botanical knowledge Learning to craft woodenContinue reading “#3”

GROW: Spring bulbs

There’s an abundance of spring bulbs growing in the english countryside; it provides colour in the garden from the beginning of the year. This autumn, I’ve bought alliums, daffodils and tulips from Peter Nyssen to plant in a border that I created last summer. The border is filled with perennial grasses, ferns, sedums, geraniums, gypsophilaContinue reading “GROW: Spring bulbs”