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The Balcony Gardener - Isabelle Palmer

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The Balcony Gardener - Isabelle Palmer

I asked MrP to buy me this book I wanted on his special one day delivery service with Amazon, but it was Saturday night so I had to hold tight for two days. Monday came and I waited by the door like an excited child, finally the knock on the door I had been waiting for - my book was finally here! As I signed for it, the delivery driver told me I needed to water my cucumbers and as I cringed and explained that I had started growing them inside and had thrusted them into a greenhouse during a...

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Gardening | Chives

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Gardening | Chives

When you plant chives from seed you may - at first - be disappointed or think you have done something wrong. But chives just need some time to develop and become strong. I planted my seeds in spring 2012 whilst living in Manchester, they came with us to London in a small terracotta pot and I left them with their few fine chive like hairs with hope of something happening. The pot looked empty by winter and I forgot to clear it out, well boy, I'm glad I did! By spring 2013 they were coming up stronger than I ever...

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Spring Has Sprung in Le Petit Jardin

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Spring Has Sprung in Le Petit Jardin

My favourite season is spring, It's full of hope, ambition and the first days of sun. People wear light and colourful clothing, start to smile, and the over zealous nature of our nation makes me mock yet admire the spirit in people when the hot bright sun comes out. For me this year I want the sun, but not for me - for my plants! It makes me happier too, but to see the effect it has on my new hobby is so fulfilling yet I have to keep a constant eye on my seedlings and small-garden-pot-crops.  Every morning I go outside...

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Gardening & Semi-Self Sufficiency

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Gardening & Semi-Self Sufficiency

I have been attempting the start of semi-self sufficiency with growing my own vegetables, salad, and herbs. All is going well thus far but this is the stage I always mess up. Today I bought a green house and some garden bits and bobs (soil, pots, Buddha statue...) when I say I have a garden I mean a very small space with a bush or two. But it's all I have to work with so work with it I shall. I bought some planters the other week and I have been waiting to replant my seedlings into them but we...

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