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Scaring the Birds

Birds have always been a problem for gardeners. Many old gardening books describe the damage that birds caused to the Pleasure Gardens, but the biggest problem was the damage caused in the productive fruit and vegetable gardens. Since at least

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The Witches Flying Broomstick

As it is Halloween, I have decided to put up a suitable post. Witches are meant to fly on their brooms, but why brooms? Every woman would have hada besom broom to sweep the house. If the tales were written

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‘Death in the Garden’

Unlike many garden historians I have worked professionally in both gardening and history, and as a result it is the social history of the gardens and the uses of the plants that prove so fascinating to me. ‘Death Many talks

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Silens Messor Mower Restoration. Cont.

I have mostly completed the restoration of my Greens ‘Silens Messor’ lawn mower. It has an 8 inch cut. The chain is still not fully flexible, even after a couple of months of soaking in diesel, but it is mostly

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GREENS ‘MULTUM IN PARVO’ MOWER RESTORATION

I was recently given an old hand mower by my friend, Robert Manton, who no longer has the time to restore it. Both of the handles have writing on them: One has: GREENS Patent No 373955 6 The other handle:

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Winter Tidy

Saturday was a wonderful sunny day, not at all like the water forecast. I decided to have another bonfire, any excuse will do for me. I had an old, broken garden seat that a friend wanted me to get rid

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Potato Digging and Bonfires

It was the last day of September. The sun was shining and I had some free time; what better than to spend it catching up with more work on the allotment. I discovered that my shed had been used by

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My Allotment – Brassicas and Leeks

I swear that the cabbage white butterflies followed me from home to the allotment. I had never seen one there before, but no sooner had I unloaded my trays of brassicas from the van and taken them to the allotment;

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The Historic Gardener at Wallington. May 2013

I presented my Roman Gardener display at Wallington Hall in Northumbria, over the Bank Holiday. The display shows Roman gardening tools, plants and related items. I also show the use of plants for medicine, dyes and clothing.

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MY ALLOTMENT- SCYTHING THE GRASS

I have been away at Wallington with my roman display, so I had little chance to do much on my allotment for the week before; other than to check it and notice that the grass and weeds were growing around

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