Tales from the Farm – the BP toilet

Medical diagnoses of depression, anxiety and stress-related pathology such as high blood pressure have never been higher. Read that again. Doctors are prescribing more into-depressants than they ever have done before in the history of mankind and hundreds of thousands of people take medication to control their blood pressure, anxiety and symptoms of their stress....
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Tales from the Farm – the patience of a saint

The beginnings of the hard landscaping of the vegetable garden and sensory garden where the research barn will be built. Monty says in his book The Complete Gardener, my guide and bible of garden renovation, that gardening takes time. He encourages patience and embracing the notion of gardening for the long run,  enjoying the perpetual...
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Tales From the Farm – building the windy city

The farm is, like many old rural buildings, powered by oil and I’m honestly not a fan of oil. It’s messy, expensive and environmentally debilitating. The thought that heating our house and water is playing a part in the destruction of our beautiful planet and helping to fund wars and terrorists, doesn’t sit well with...
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Tales from the Farm – roses and the magically appearing telegraph pole

I may,  or may not, have recently abused the phrase: ‘that’s what friends are for’ when my best friend came to stay for a relaxing and social weekend to catch up at the farm with her husband and I may,  or may not,  have roped him into cutting down a giant, dying bush. The bush...
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Tales From the Farm – You Need To Get a Man

Since I last wrote, there have been a lot of men coming and going in and out of my life. I blame my Mother. She kept telling me to ‘get a man in for that’. She was of course right because almost everything we’ve touched so far has either fallen apart or revealed that it...
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Tales From the Farm – Money Pit Farm

TV’s favourite gardener, inspired Jez Rose, a frustrated behaviourist and amateur gardener, to grow a new life, as detailed in Tales from the Farm. Monty Don’s book inspired Jez to buy a farm in the countryside, create his own garden and write about the joy, obsession and mud. I won’t lie, it’s been hard. It...
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Wrap up your bananas but don’t be S.A.D.!

You might have seen on instagram that it’s time to wrap up your banana plants for the winter. I missed the opportunity to record a video showing you how to do it, partly due to a complete lapse of thought to do so and partly because I did it on a bit of a whim....
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