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Gardening has always been a way of life for me, it’s not that my parents were Gardeners in-fact Farming was more their trade and whilst I knew at a very young age that life on a farm was not for me! I did, however, develop a passion for the great outdoors and country living.

I blog to capture a moment a feeling, an essence of my inner self, tamed for all to see! Much of the reason I Garden. I can honestly say that Gardening for me is not about self-satisfaction, it is more about the reaction from the on-looker. The client, the visitor the novice gardener, who wants to learn. I believe I was born to teach, perhaps instruct would be a better term.


The Indoor Vegetable Garden

Welcome to The Indoor Vegetable Garden. This is my experiences of learning to grow my own food completely indoors in my tiny, city, studio flat. I only use seeds, sun and soil – no fancy equipment and am experimenting to see what it possible without access to a traditional garden.

The Inelegant Gardener

I’m a keen but rather haphazard gardener, with a smallish garden. The front garden is devoted mostly to a ‘cottage garden’ style, with the back garden a ‘hotter’ area of reds and oranges. The blog is a way of reminding myself of what I’ve done, and what doesn’t work. Undoubtedly of little interest to anyone else on the planet.

The Institute of Quarrying Garden Blog

As the Institute of Quarrying celebrates its centenary in 2017, we wanted to open the doors and give an insight into an industry driven by technology and innovation, which is filled with highly skilled, trained and competent professionals.

The creation of the IQ #QuarryGarden sets out to re-address the balance and showcase a vibrant industry, its people and the contribution it makes to the natural and built environments whilst educating and informing.

It promises to be an amazing journey of the coming months; we hope you will be joining us at the RHS Chatsworth show later this year.


Island Threads

I live on the northern tip of an island off the northwest coast of Scotland, I moved to this house and garden in January 2002, the house need some work to make it warm and water proof, the garden was a combination of peat moorland heath and long over grown strong wild grasses and sphagnum mosses, I was working full time, on a small budget and alone, so progress has been slow, first and foremost the house needed attention, that ‘attention’ seems to be ongoing with more work appearing, like the large crack over a window that currently needs money and attention,