Wet or Grey, Hot or Dry. Enough About Mrs Drew: What to Do In July?

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Drew Hardy

Freelance Writer at Mowdirect
A keen allotmenteer with an interest in all things horticultural, Drew has a varied writing background with experience in a number of fields including garden machinery, lawn care and compost. His first experience with gardening was a cultivating a small plot he was given by his house master at school. He grew a decent crop of radishes and lettuce and sold them to a local shop, exhibiting his first, and last, sign of an entrepreneurial spark. Drew lives in North London with his wife, two children and a slightly bonkers cat
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Ah July. When all the hard work you did months ago comes to fruition and your garden resembles the fruit and veg stall at Borough Market except the apples aren’t £3.00 each, purple and being grown by someone called India, who has just started her own little craft cider business with a Victorian apple-press that … Continued

The Advice Squad. Dad’s Advice Competition Entries & Dick’s German Superstar.

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Drew Hardy

Freelance Writer at Mowdirect
A keen allotmenteer with an interest in all things horticultural, Drew has a varied writing background with experience in a number of fields including garden machinery, lawn care and compost. His first experience with gardening was a cultivating a small plot he was given by his house master at school. He grew a decent crop of radishes and lettuce and sold them to a local shop, exhibiting his first, and last, sign of an entrepreneurial spark. Drew lives in North London with his wife, two children and a slightly bonkers cat
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“Advice is always welcome… as is cash” so says a sign behind the bar of one of my local pubs, the Misfit and Mallard. But is it true? Do we really welcome advice? If I am in the garden and my neighbour Bungalow Ben leans over the fence to let me know what I am … Continued

Back To The Fuschia. Flowers To Plant Now (If You Like Flowers)

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Drew Hardy

Freelance Writer at Mowdirect
A keen allotmenteer with an interest in all things horticultural, Drew has a varied writing background with experience in a number of fields including garden machinery, lawn care and compost. His first experience with gardening was a cultivating a small plot he was given by his house master at school. He grew a decent crop of radishes and lettuce and sold them to a local shop, exhibiting his first, and last, sign of an entrepreneurial spark. Drew lives in North London with his wife, two children and a slightly bonkers cat
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Not everyone can see the point of growing flowers and, to be honest, that has pretty much been me for some time, having always said the only Flowers I’m likely to go for is a pint of Flowers in a straight glass. But sadly Flowers Ale went the way of many beers and now only … Continued

Spring Forward & Earn your Easter Eggs

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Drew Hardy

Freelance Writer at Mowdirect
A keen allotmenteer with an interest in all things horticultural, Drew has a varied writing background with experience in a number of fields including garden machinery, lawn care and compost. His first experience with gardening was a cultivating a small plot he was given by his house master at school. He grew a decent crop of radishes and lettuce and sold them to a local shop, exhibiting his first, and last, sign of an entrepreneurial spark. Drew lives in North London with his wife, two children and a slightly bonkers cat
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Ah. Easter, the most magical time of this egg-infested part of the year, when DIY stores flag up the latest ‘exclusive’ sale, all the other shops start to think of Christmas advertising budgets and young men and women, full of the joys of Spring, stuff themselves with chocolate. But nay. And nay again. I am … Continued

Manure the Merrier. Animal By-Products To Help Your Garden Grow

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Drew Hardy

Freelance Writer at Mowdirect
A keen allotmenteer with an interest in all things horticultural, Drew has a varied writing background with experience in a number of fields including garden machinery, lawn care and compost. His first experience with gardening was a cultivating a small plot he was given by his house master at school. He grew a decent crop of radishes and lettuce and sold them to a local shop, exhibiting his first, and last, sign of an entrepreneurial spark. Drew lives in North London with his wife, two children and a slightly bonkers cat
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Now I’ve been accused of it a few times in my less than illustrious career but just for once, yes… I am actually talking manure. Manure, that most natural of animal by-products,  is a commodity considered  by the gardening fraternity to be as valuable as saffron… though not as nice when mixed into your Risotto … Continued

Spring Forward and Tackle These Top Tips for March

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Drew Hardy

Freelance Writer at Mowdirect
A keen allotmenteer with an interest in all things horticultural, Drew has a varied writing background with experience in a number of fields including garden machinery, lawn care and compost. His first experience with gardening was a cultivating a small plot he was given by his house master at school. He grew a decent crop of radishes and lettuce and sold them to a local shop, exhibiting his first, and last, sign of an entrepreneurial spark. Drew lives in North London with his wife, two children and a slightly bonkers cat
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Sorry. When I get hold of that blundering twonk of a picture editor I will give him a piece of my mind! However. We’re halfway through the month, And the Vernal Equinox is soon upon us. “What is that?” I hear you clamour. Honestly, what were they teaching you in school?  Well. First of all, … Continued

My Night With Veg. Planning Your Planting and A Few Jobs for February

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Drew Hardy

Freelance Writer at Mowdirect
A keen allotmenteer with an interest in all things horticultural, Drew has a varied writing background with experience in a number of fields including garden machinery, lawn care and compost. His first experience with gardening was a cultivating a small plot he was given by his house master at school. He grew a decent crop of radishes and lettuce and sold them to a local shop, exhibiting his first, and last, sign of an entrepreneurial spark. Drew lives in North London with his wife, two children and a slightly bonkers cat
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Well. Last week, Punxsatawney Phil came out, wiggled his little nose and declared he had seen a shadow so, sadly, six more weeks of winter are due and there is no earthly point planting anything right now. Better to sit in the house and watch comforting nineties romantic comedies or listen to your old Sonny … Continued

Time to get tilling on the allotment or smallholding

Dick Roberts

Norfolk journalist and countryman, now retired from daily newspaper life but still commentating and writing. Keen gardener, when dodgy back allows, and devout researcher of local ales and French wines. Married with two children who have flown the nest, but return regularly to empty the fridge. Living in listed country cottage which gets more expensive by the year to maintain. Retired but still writing regular columns and pieces for web sites.
After a really frustrating start to February with hard frost and snow the mercury is starting to rise at last which means it’s time to give the vegetable plots and allotments a tilling. For those of you with larger allotments or smallholdings these next few weeks are vital to get the soil in good condition … Continued

Grow your own vegetables, they taste so much better

Dick Roberts

Norfolk journalist and countryman, now retired from daily newspaper life but still commentating and writing. Keen gardener, when dodgy back allows, and devout researcher of local ales and French wines. Married with two children who have flown the nest, but return regularly to empty the fridge. Living in listed country cottage which gets more expensive by the year to maintain. Retired but still writing regular columns and pieces for web sites.
Nothing beats the taste of fresh vegetables from your own garden. And if you don’t have your own plot, now’s the time to start work preparing one. You can start sowing the first salads next month. If you have a previously tilled section of the garden that you want to turn over to vegetables, simply … Continued

Planning your vegetable crop rotations

While you might feel as though there is little to do in the garden itself around this time of year, January is an ideal month to plan ahead for the coming months when it comes to what you want to grow. This particularly rings true when it comes to your vegetable crops, and planning your … Continued