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”

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?”

GROW: Samphire

Samphire has an impressive nutritional value, packed with essential minerals and almost no fat. It is a popular ‘superfood’ that is often used to accompany fish dishes or in salads. It has a lovely fresh taste! I live too far from the coast to get fresh samphire. Like FRESH samphire, the crisp salty young growthContinue reading “GROW: Samphire”

GROW: Cosmos

Often labelled as ‘dainty’ and ‘sweet’. Cosmos are so much more than ‘easy to grow’. A border/plot filled with cosmos is alive and thriving. They can grow up to 1.2m (depending on variety) and have stems thick enough to withstand secateurs. These plants are great and should never be undervalued! Grown by sowing the seedsContinue reading “GROW: Cosmos”

GROW: Edamame Beans

Edamame beans are currently a ‘superfood’; they are rich in protein, minerals and vitamins. You can purchase them in supermarkets however they are quite expensive. They are also packaged in two layers of plastic; this puts me off buying them when I know I could grow my own. I purchased the seeds from Sarah Raven;Continue reading “GROW: Edamame Beans”

Sow seeds in March

March is when jobs start to build up in the garden. Taking time out to sow seeds is relaxing whilst still being productive. I have written a blog on what to sow in January. You can continue to sow most of those seeds until April; this will give you a succession of vegetables throughout summer. MyContinue reading “Sow seeds in March”

Edible flowers

There’s an influx of Instagram posts picturing buddha bowls filled to the brim with the most colourful vegetables and fruits; it’s all about creative style and making your meal look the most appetising. Flowers are now being used to decorate these meals, not edible flowers.. but ‘pretty’ flowers or berries. This is so dangerous asContinue reading “Edible flowers”

DIVERSITY: #gnarlygardens

Gardens should be ugly beautiful; filled with life and movement. They should thrive off their imperfections and enhance the lives of birds, bugs, bees and yourself. When beginning my studies, I thought that gardens had to be pristine, that there shouldn’t be a weed in sight and that this was the ‘ideal’; any less thanContinue reading “DIVERSITY: #gnarlygardens”

#2

The second year of Eleanor Owens Gardening is complete. It’s been fantastic working with clients in their gardens (especially when it’s sunny)! It’s exciting helping each garden evolve year by year as all are vastly different. I am enjoying taking on bigger tasks and learning more difficult techniques. Smashed college. Gained a Distinction* diploma inContinue reading “#2”

GROW: Bare Root Fruit Trees

“Bare root” is a term used for tree stock that will arrive without soil covering its roots. You can purchase these from November-February (late autumn-early spring) whilst the tree is dormant. It’s important to plant it whilst it’s dormant as this will cause least disturbance to the tree and won’t impact its growth/flowering/fruiting. Once theContinue reading “GROW: Bare Root Fruit Trees”