Greener kneeler

Created by a Suffolk shepherdess from the wool of her ‘quite spoiled’ flock, the Suffolk Wool Kneelie is made with 100% waxed cotton, organic muslin, cotton canvas and sheep’s wool. It rivals the standard memory-foam garden kneeler – typically made of unrecyclable polyurethane – using all-natural sustainable fibres. Its two […]

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sowing courgettes

Time to sow tender veggies

If you haven’t done it already, now’s the time to sow things like courgettes, pumpkins, cucumbers and other squashes. I always wait till now (mid-May) as I don’t have a heated greenhouse and although it’s plenty warm enough during the day, night time temperatures can still be quite low. I […]

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Spinach in troughs

Spinach is a great cut-and-come-again crop for growing in pots and troughs. A shallow trough is ideal because you don’t use too much compost and there is a larger growing surface for greater harvests. The seed is literally sprinkled over the surface with the seeds about 5mm apart. Lightly sprinkle […]

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THE PEAS’ KNEES

Fresh peas, straight from the pod – don’t even bother cooking ’em! They are like the sweet treats of the veg plot. So this year I’m growing a dwarf variety called ‘Meteor’, which only grow to about 45cm (18inches high). It’s early May now – so far so good. Germination […]

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Green outdoor living

As well as being impervious to anything the British summer can throw at them, Weaver Green’s sustainable outdoor homewares are kind to the planet. Replicating the look and feel of wool and cotton, this extensive range of cushions, runners, rugs, blankets and throws is made from recycled plastic bottles, so […]

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Insect homes at Thames Ditton station. Photo: Scott Cooper

Next stop – wildlife recovery!

RSPB partners with South Western Railway Key railway stations will be transformed into hubs for wildlife thanks to an exciting new partnership between the RSPB and South Western Railway (SWR). Through steps such as planting wildflowers, cutting holes in fences for ‘hedgehog highways’ and putting up nestboxes, the stations will […]

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