Sheffield PlantSwap: Putting People And Plants Together

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My sweetheart has a thing about plant swaps. There are few things more likely to get him all misty eyed, other than a sweet puppy (his term for any dog of any age not in full-on attack mode) or a cowboy film where the guy gets the gal.

The first time I went to a plant swap, I was randomly allocated the plant I had taken. That swap had been a lengthy affair and while there were plenty of great plants on offer, the likelihood of anyone getting the one they secretly hoped for seemed slim.

The Sheffield PlantSwap last Sunday was quite a different beast. Best friends Fay Kenworthy and Sarah Rousseau established it to help local people grow more plants without breaking the bank. They explained they didn’t know that much about plants when they started off and would have been intimidated by a garden club, but could see there was a need to get plants and people together. Continue reading

Where to buy vegetable seeds

Winter greensToday, I’m sharing some more garden pictures, plus a handy list of suppliers of vegetable seeds, sprouting seeds, green manure seeds and herb seeds. If you are eagerly anticipating the gardening year ahead and are tempted to buy a packet or two of these tiny living things, now’s the time, especially if you’re looking for something that’s rare or unusual – many catalogues will be fresh off the print.  Continue reading

Want quick results in your garden? Or are you a patient gardener?

Gertrude Jekyll Garden, Lindisfarne

A hundred year old garden, designed by Gertrude Jekyll at Lindisfarne and restored by the National Trust

Most industry research tells us that today’s gardeners expect instant results, particularly if they’re new to gardening. Not a problem: if you have the money to throw at a garden, you can almost certainly achieve quick results, if that’s all you aspire to. Just plant or pay someone to plant big, expensive plants – lots of them – when they are all in bud and just about to bloom.

Whether the garden will stay the same for long without intervention is another question! Continue reading