Perfect perennials

Kim Blog, Gardening, resilience

Kim Stoddart takes a look at the ultimate in low maintenance planting for your veg patch… Whilst the process of nurturing plants and produce from seed is incredibly exciting each year, it takes time and effort in the process. As compared to hardy perennials, which once established will dutifully furnish you with edible loveliness for many seasons to come. In …

Nurturing Through Nature

Kim Autism, Blog, Gardening, mental health, resilience

Kim Stoddart explains how a deep connection with the natural world has informed her life and that of those around her… For a period of weeks, nudging into months, I still recall clearly how I retreated during my lunch breaks at secondary school to a clearing nestled within the sanctuary of trees in a nearby park. The stillness, permeated only …

The Self Sufficiency Surge

Kim Blog, Food, Gardening, Life, mental health, resilience, Uncategorised

Kim Stoddart examines the grow your own phenomenon that has emerged as a result of fears around food security since the pandemic lockdown. In the days leading up to the restrictions (and ever since), there has been a sheer frenzy of interest in fruit and vegetable growing as people seek to turn over their back gardens, patios, windowsills (and indeed any available …

NATURAL PEST CONTROL

Kim Blog, Food, Gardening, Life, resilience, seed saving

This is a version of an article that appeared in my gardening column for Country Smallholding magazine in April.  In certain permaculture circles it might be said that if something is damaging your plants, it’s less of a pest problem than a predator deficit. The idea being that in a balanced eco-system the likes of slugs, snails, aphids and weevils …

EVEN MORE HEALTH-TASTIC EDIBLES

Kim Blog, Food, Gardening, Life, resilience

Kim Stoddart offers 2018 growing ideas to help beat the January blues Traditionally a time of year for looking ahead and detoxing after the excesses of the festive season, why not consider giving your veg patch a health makeover this year as well? Of course, home grown fruit and vegetables are good for you in themselves but there are some …

BE SMART-stop chucking things out!

Kim Blog, Gardening, Life, resilience

Kim Stoddart outlines the household items that can most easily be repaired When I’m feeling particularly disillusioned about the sorry state of the world, I find it helps to turn my attention to things that are within my power to fix. Potential money saving is only part of the picture because from an environmental perspective, the benefits of trying to …

WE DON’T NEED NO CROP ROTATION – a look at a companion planting alternative

Kim Blog, Gardening, Ideas, resilience

 How you can be in good company with a more free spirited approach to planting on your plot… Most gardening books will tell you about the importance of crop rotation ‘blah, blah, brassicas after legumes”… “waffle, waffle, potatoes first…”  It’s a planting system that is undoubtedly sensible if a) you’re a market gardener and will be growing produce en masse or …

Gardening gets a youth takeover

Kim Blog, Gardening, Life, resilience

I had an interest in the great outdoors from a very young age. I can remember as a child being mesmerised, watching as hundreds of baby spiders emerged and spread themselves bravely across a web. I wanted to grow veg but my parents didn’t know how, so I threw carrot seeds in the ground recklessly, hoping for the best. Trying …