from garden…

thyme and raspberry flowers from the garden

WE GROW FOOD – not everything, just the achievable stuff. Our aims for the garden are to save money, avoid packaging, enjoy our place, gift and share, and work within our climate. Find stories here to take snack-size steps with us in your garden towards those aims. More than that, we hope you will thoroughly enjoy it.

Explore and ask questions. Please do tell us about your garden progress and ask questions in the comments sections, so we know what stories you like and would like next, and of course contact us any time.

Explore and ask questions. Please do tell us about your garden to plate progress and ask questions in the comments sections, so we know what stories you like and would like next, and of course contact us any time.

Garlic is up

Garlic is up

It is three and a half weeks since we chucked the Level Zero garlic in, and in mid-winter, they are up and happy. Let’s take a look..

Essential Garden Books: Grow Vegetables

Essential Garden Books: Grow Vegetables

Lots of books say they are suitable for beginners but we find in practice few really are. Here is one of our favourite go-to books – well explained and approachable. We like it a lot.

Grafted fruit trees

Grafted fruit trees

What is a grafted fruit tree? You may have heard the term but not really know what it means. Can’t you just grow a lemon, a plum or an apple from a seed?

Welcome to Level Zero.

Welcome to Level Zero.

There is a level zero for every garden skill, but most books and garden shows don’t start there.
Here are a few basic rules to help us focus on what is really important when just starting out.

< CLICK ON THE L-PLATE to get started

Viola in July for Pollinators

Viola in July for Pollinators

The cheerful purple and yellow kitten faces of viola ‘Johnny Jump-ups’ are easy to plant and care for, so they are ideal for our Level Zero Flowers for Pollinators project.

Level Zero Alliums

Level Zero Alliums

This is growing alliums at Level Zero, for absolute beginner gardeners. Learn to grow these first, then branch out into other tasty allium treats.

The stone fruit pruning trick.

The stone fruit pruning trick.

It is a tricky balance, pruning stone fruit. The timing can be a challenge, but there IS a trick to have your well-pruned peach cake and eat it too.

Garden frames

Garden frames

Frames can be made from all sorts of things. I don't like wasting materials as you know, so I am always looking out for timber and steel I can repurpose. No matter how thrifty though, if it doesn't do the job or look neat, then I'm out. >> works and looks good...

Simple winter maintenance for Asparagus

Simple winter maintenance for Asparagus

We have shown you how to plant and divide asparagus, but most winters, maintenance and getting them ready for sleep is all you need to do, and it is very simple.

Alyssum in June for Pollinators

Alyssum in June for Pollinators

It should be no surprise that Alyssum is happy in the winter months, is edible, and attracts pollinators – it comes from the Brassica family.

Level Zero Asparagus

Level Zero Asparagus

Asparagus is a Level Zero gardening treasure. It isn’t that fussy, will likely grow without attention and pop up with surprise goodies every Spring to remind you that you are still kicking goals. Sweet. 😉👌🌿

Winter is time to divide Asparagus

Winter is time to divide Asparagus

Our asparagus crowns have been pumping out spears for five years, but now it is time to lift and
divide them to keep them productive. Let’s go.

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