‘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?”

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”

Front Gardens

Utilising space is hugely important when it’s limited. Front gardens are a wasted space that aren’t viewed as a ‘garden’ and only a driveway or place to put the bins. However, understandably, we need a place to park our cars; not all front gardens can be completely ‘green’. The simple solution is unimaginative. Front gardensContinue reading “Front Gardens”

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”