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The Gardening Coach

Catharine Howard is the Gardening Coach. Contact her for gardening advice and visit www.thegardeningcoach.co.uk for more information.

April 28, 2017 | No camera? No excuse

This is a blog post about pulling  my socks up.  I must have one of the worst websites around – a sort of Mickey-mouse-pasted-together affair.  A friend looked at it a few weeks ago and was polite enough not to shudder.  However she offered a swap of planting design for techi sharpening up.

I was very [...]

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April 26, 2017 | My terrible meadow sowing attempts

There is a patch of ground in my garden that has definitely got the upper hand.  It started as a sulking vegetable plot full of stones and rampant sun flowers.  That era over, the next was a green manure crop of Phacelia tanacetifolia.  Budding up, I failed to cut off the flowers and the next [...]

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April 20, 2017 | Review of Deckchair Gardening by Anne Wareham

In “The Deckchair Gardener”  Anne and her mischievous and irreverent Gnome make it plain that all of us gardeners out there have been had, utterly had by the gardening nonsense that we have been reading over the years.    What was  gospel truth is taken by the collar  and shaken to show up some crazy [...]

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April 8, 2017 | Dig your soil? Or then again, do not

Earlier this year I went to the Garden Press Event buried in the depths of the  Barbican.  Humming and hawing over whether to go, it seemed a long jump from home.    Wrong wrong wrong.  On arrival, a bright pink cupcake got pressed into my hand and spluttering, I fell into the hands of the [...]

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