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The Gardening Coach

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

February 6, 2013 | Recycling tip for gardeners.

Rethink your trip to the bottlebank:

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August 14, 2012 | Allotment update

Allotment Week?  I read the Patient Gardener’s Weblog and realised that this had passed me by.  Allotment ownership is a bit of a gallop.  Watering, sowing, keeping the nettles at bay.  Staking flopping plants and busiest of all, harvesting produce before it goes gigantic on you.  In our town, allotment tenure comes up for renewal [...]



April 18, 2012 | Allotment newbie: the first few shakey steps

the tidiest plot  of all

Cucumber seedlings are sulking on an east facing window sill and waiiting to go down to the allotment.  From spring onions oiled to shimmer in their skins to the disco dress of Purple Haze carrots, I had over-ordered seed packets.  With no where to sow so much, it was a stroke of luck to get [...]