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Where have we been?

Our ambition is to tour Can You Dig It? to every county in the UK.

The rules

The NEW allotment rules arrived in the post the other day. There has been much debate about them as our local council was proposing to ban bonfires entirely. Thankfully they have agreed to allow plotholders to have bonfires between October 1 and March 31. “Always have a hot, quick fire,” say the accompanying […]

Caterham carrot

This is Dan and the successful carrot slide whistle he made for BBC Radio Surrey when we went on the station last week to promote our forthcoming show at The Arc in Caterham on Saturday, November 15. Look at the mess he has made on the desk! The carrot slide whistle was a […]

Vintage DG

My lovely friend Anna unearthed these early works by gardening God – and friend of the show – Dr DG Hessayon and has very kindly presented them to me. The image on the front of Be Your Own Gardening Expert is how I picture our beloved DG in my head. By the time […]

Wisley wonder

This is a very special carrot recorder, fashioned out of an organic carrot grown at RHS Wisley. Normally we are forced to rely on shop-bought carrots for our carr0t recorder workshops but we were thrilled to be given a crate of rustic veg when we went to RHS London’s Harvest Home event earlier […]

They know their onions in Stockton-on-Tees

Look at these beautiful onions! Just some of the impressive produce from the beautiful walled veg garden at Preston Park Museum. Dan and I had a great time performing at the museum’s Harvest Home event on Saturday, which featured many vegetable-related activities. These onions, for example, are not just onions but a thrilling […]

No dig method

Can I dig it? Yes. Will I dig it? No. I am experimenting with using the No Dig Method on my allotment and have even bought a book by one of the UK’s leading exponents of No Dig – Charles Dowding. I surely can’t be the only person to notice that an anagram […]

Walk on the wildside

I’d been wondering what to do with my old wellies and here was inspiration courtesy of the London Wetland Centre where all manner of unusual containers, including plastic milk bottles, had been cunningly planted up with herbs. The centre, which is an oasis of reed beds, lakes and lily ponds near Barnes, was founded by […]

Adventures in carrots

This is me and Dan conducting a carrot recorder-making workshop in a giant domed tent at the Green Man festival in Wales. Almost no children were harmed.

We will be doing more of the same at the Pitt Rivers Museum in Oxford tomorrow (Saturday, September 2) as part of the Pitt Fest Need/Make/Use […]

Green scene

Dan and I are very excited because we’re setting off for Wales and the Green Man Festival this afternoon. You may have heard Dan talking about on BBC Radio 6 Music on Wednesday afternoon.

We’re going to be making carrot recorders and slide whistles at a workshop on Saturday morning. If you can’t make […]

Monstrous cucumbers

I have accidentally grown some monster cucumbers. They were supposed to be small pickling cucumbers but I neglected my plot for a few days only to find they had morphed into glowing green Incredible Culkcumbers – same with the marrow at the back. I will still pickle them but will have to slice […]