The Berry Cottage Gardener

The Berry cottage gardener

for gardens pretty and productive


Life Lessons Courtesy of Rats

“Nothing ever goes away until it has taught us what we need to know" - Pema Chodron

As much as I love my chickens, I was less enomoured by what arrived shortly after. Rats! Short term residents though they were, they taught me a lot about courage and conviction.

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Growing Fruit And Vegetables From Seed

"A love of gardening is a seed once sown that never dies" - Gertrude Jekyll

The appeal of growing from seed is many and varied. It’s cheap, challenging and rewarding. And there’s an amazing array of produce to choose from, including heirloom varieties, such as the crookneck pumpkin, or fat bastard asparagus. I don’t fancy your chances of finding these at your local hardware store!

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The Day Of The Kiwi Vine

"Get behind me. There's no sense in getting killed by a plant" - The Day Of The Triffids

As a child, I remember reading “The Day Of The Triffids”, a rather frightening novel about carnivorous plants which attempt to take over the world. When I moved in seven years ago, I seriously believed the author of that book had the kiwi vine in mind at the time of writing.

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In Praise Of Violets

"He thought how sad it was to be an Animal who had never had a bunch of violets picked for him" - A A Milne

Violets play an important groundcover role in my garden, providing a wonderful evergreen carpet to suppress weeds and underplant trees and taller plants. Their pretty purple flower adds colour to an otherwise quiet garden in Winter. In fact, I love violets so much, I named my cottage after them!

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