Growing herbs from seed can be a pain. Growing from a cutting is easy, quick and works ninety-nine percent of times. In this video I hope to demonstrate just how simple it can be to start your very own herb collection at home or for the garden.
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I can’t quite believe it’s almost been a year since we left London and escaped to the countryside. But what many people don’t know is that our original plan was always to return to London…after a rest-bite of a couple of weeks in Yorkshire.
We were visiting my parents who, despite my never-dying love for them are completely mad. When I was 5 they bought an old farm in order to live as self-sufficiently as possible. There is no wifi, there is no bus route and there are no shops. The longest we’d ever stayed (discounting my own childhood of course) was one night so a two week stay all together, we thought, was long enough.
When we awoke on the first morning of our stay we travelled the 30-minute journey to the closest large town, which is Doncaster, to grab some breakfast.
I had actually already heard that Jackson’s…’famous Jackson’s The Herbalists’ was closing down. It was gutting to see as we entered the town. It had been an amazing shop with the most fascinating history and now the shop...
My mother Aloe Vera plant has had a baby. This is how I gentle separate it from it's mother and re-pot it safety. You can have an endless supply of Aloe Vera plants if you keep your mother plant healthy! Enjoy x
When I first started observing nature…really observing it, I realised just how unique and intricate each individual plant was; with its own traits, preferences, requirements and quirks.
And we don’t often take a lot of time to stop and look at Nature.
Myself included. After 6 years of city living, in London, I found that I had almost zoned out from the natural world, far away from my rural upbringing. When I returned to Yorkshire recently to live, for the first time as an ‘adult’ struggling to figure life out and taking random leaps of faith in the hope that something of optimistic significance would come my way…I started a wildlife garden…and I experienced a perspective on nature that was…different…to the childish running around in barefoot that I had known before. And it was all to do…with plants…
Some were hardy…and grew tall with ease needing little encouragement. Others took more time to thrive and were more sensitive to the environment. Some needed sheltered ground spaces and fleec...
Upon a crisp and silent morning, early in the month of June, I found a tiny field mouse on the plot. It hung around all afternoon. I first spotted him dancing amongst my Foxgloves but later he settled on the brick steps that I have formed around my makeshift frog pond. He sat and drank from the pond on more than one occasion and would hop up and down the bricks seemingly quite content in my presence. I got on with my work and he his; quite in harmony. He would allow me quite close to him, I could get as near as 30cm before he would turn his back and I would retreat to allow him his space. He had been quite the companion to me that afternoon and I was excited as I packed away my tools to see if he would still be there when I returned the next day.
That same evening my little mouse lay almost untarnished but unmistakably lifeless on the mat outside my front door. My tiny Jack Russell was delighted to have brought me home a present. It was tragic. My little puppy wagging her tail beaming u...
I wanted to quickly show you a little trick my mama taught me as a child on how to pin out strawberries with a hair grip. Sounds a little odd but it works SO well!
Strawberry plants naturally want to spread out to grow plenty of fruit and with a little help we can really help them to do so. This means more fruit for us without having to go out and buy loads of strawberry plants from the garden centre. From my 3 already established plants I am able to make an additional 8 that will all root and grow their own fruit.
In this video I'll show you my strawberry-hair-grip hack with a quick follow up at the end to show you just how easily they establish roots. Hope you enjoy it!
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I recently had a white fly infestation. I realised just how quickly you panic when there is the potential that months of your hard work is set to be ruined by little critters.
So I've made a video showing you how to make your own rapeseed oil solution that is not only safe to spray on your plants but safe for you and the environment. I've found it works incredibly on whitefly, greenfly and ants. I do dilute my solution a little with water as it means my pump bottle lasts longer and it just sprays better generally without taking away from the oil's effectiveness.
We have to start making different decisions on how we farm.
REMEMBER: Plants can be hypersensitive to oil. I never spray pure oil onto my plants when it is very sunny outside...wait till the evening just like you would when watering and I always spray one leaf first before spraying my whole plant...almost like a patch test at the hairdressers. That way you'll be able to check how your plant will re...
Anyone struggling with their cucumbers? Or is it your first time growing cucumbers? Well hopefully this will help! Whether you are growing cucumbers from seed, growing inside or simply struggling to get your cucumber plant to fruit then this is the video for you. This is actually my first gardening tutorial so I'm a little nervous but I really want to start spreading my love and experience of different plants and herbs as they all contribute massively to my fitness lifestyle. I really hope you like it and find it interesting! In the video below I'll take you through how to identify the male and female flowers on a cucumber plant and explain why and how you pollinate cucumber plants in order to grow the fruit.
For quick reference below I've included some photos. The female is left and is easily recognisable from the tiny fruit hanging from it. The male flowers are fruit free and stick out only a little from the plant. If the flowers of the female flowers are not fertilised the tiny fruit...
1) Preheat oven to 170 degrees C / gas mark 3. Oil 12inch springform tin with a small amount of your oil olive. Measure out your ingredients.
2) Sift coco powder into bowl with your boiling water. Add vanilla extract then leave to cool.
3) In a separate bowl mix ground almonds with bicarbonate of soda and add a pinch of salt.
4) Add xylitol, olive oil and eggs to this second mix. Whisk well.
5) Slowly mix first bowl of mix into second bowl of mix. Stir well until dark and chocolaty.
6) Scrape contents of bowl into greased cake tin. Add to oven and bake for 30 minutes. Check cake by putting a spike down through centre of the cake and bake until spike is clean with no gooey mixture attached to it....