Spring 2021: Growing Notes

In the UK, the clocks rolled back to daylight saving time on Sunday 28th March, and Easter is upon us. In my world, that means one thing… it’s time to plant some seeds! Last weekend, I dug out my propagator and some pots, gave them a good wash and hunted out some compost. This time…

Signs of regeneration

For a while there I was worried about poor Arturo, my fledgling avocado tree. After cruelly lopping off his head I thought he was a goner. Nothing much seemed to be happening – his stalk was as bare as could be and I had serious doubts that he would be able to grow back in…

Spaghetti aglio e olio

This super simple spaghetti recipe with garlic, chilli, lemon, parsley and olive oil is another way to showcase fresh parsley. Using only a handful of ingredients, it is a great way to put dinner on the table in less than half an hour. Ingredients Serves two 180g – 200g spaghetti (90g – 100g per person…

Parsley sauce

Meet Patrick the parsley plant! It has been 56 days since I first planted the parsley seeds that I bought from the Seed Co-operative, and they have been doing pretty well. Patrick parsley has been giving me a lot of joy to look at as he has been growing on my windowsill. I’ll definitely be…

Vegetarian mee goreng with homegrown pak choi

For the most part, my pak choi plants have been coming along nicely. I have been running out of growing space however – I have some spring onions and parsley which germinated ages ago in my propagator, which I really, really need to plant out at the weekend! Some of the pak choi leaves have…

Introducing Arturo

What on earth could this little alien plant be?   … The answer is the beginnings of an avocado tree!  I read an article a few months ago on growing avocados at home from a from a supermarket-bought fruit. Although avocados are a tropical fruit native to central America, it is possible to grow an…

Growing spring onions over winter

It is September in the UK, which means that we are heading into autumn and winter. I expect that I won’t be able to grow many plants during the next few months, however I have been reading up on varieties that might withstand colder temperatures and lower levels of light. One crop that will develop…

Attack of the aphids!

‘Attack of the aphids’: is it a H G Wells novel? Is it a new blockbuster coming to cinemas near you? Sadly not! My poor little pak choi plants are being eaten alive! Some introductory gardening lectures that I’m working through via the Food Revolution Network have highlighted the importance of watching what is happening…