Himalayan Green Fig sabji á la Stonehouse

With the chill set in already, this October is not going to see a second crop of ripe figs in Stonehouse. My young tree is full of small green fruit which I want to pick, so that the tree endures the winter with a better reserve of energy than if it keeps trying (and failing)…

Simple and yummy: an October celeriac recipe

Middle of October and we have celeriac forming beautifully in our little Stonehouse kitchen garden. I’m delighted, as I more or less shoved them into heavy clay, but in a nice sunny and sheltered spot. People have asked me what I do with the celeriac. Well, I have a very simple and utterly delicious recipe…

Learning about Lawns

The club’s resident guru, Austen Perkins gave a talk about managing lawns. Starting with, “Grow the grass and you’ll smother the moss,” Austen gave us some advice: Feed the grass in spring and don’t mow too close. When the grass is long, set the blades for a higher cut and then mow again lower after…

My secret veg patch

We’ve lived in our house for 44years. My husband continually complained how untidy the veg patch was and how it spoilt the otherwise lovely garden and said that it would look so much better put down to grass. I refused to do this until five years ago when he was excavating the front garden and…

Garden Wars

Soapy water will not destroy an aphid infestation. So what can gardeners do to protect plants?