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“Change is inevitable. Change is constant.” British Statesman, Benjamin Disraeli It was the fabulous David Bowie who sang, “Turn and face the change, ch-ch changes.” That about sums up life, everything changes and you have to either run away from the change or embrace it. Running away from change only delays the inevitable and makes […]

When we first moved to our current house, a bungalow, the wildlife was limited to whatever I saw over the wall in the countryside at the back of the property. There was very little visitation from birds, animals, insects or reptiles. Which was a shame because without an active wildlife none of the fruit trees […]

Fermentation has stopped and I’ve removed all the must. In actual fact I removed the must and then the fermentation stopped because by that time there would be little for the yeast to work on. The end result of my homemade wine is greatly dependent on what type of grape used. In my case these […]

You would be forgiven to think that I’ve been in the sun too long as my last couple of posts were about making wine and this one is about fruit loaf. Granted, on the face of it, they are not exactly gardening subjects. But that’s where you’re wrong. The grapes I’m using in my wine […]

I originally wrote this piece under the main title of ‘The Concrete Gardener’ but as I’m going to go for a tasting of the wine I’ve produced tomorrow, then I thought I would make the title a little more accessible. So far there are three parts to this. The one you are reading, and steps […]

It was getting toward the end of the year, my tomatoes were done and the grapes on the vine are finished. What’s left of the grapes are being allowed to shrivel up in the sun to form currants and raisins which I’ll use in the fruit loaf I bake that my wife loves to eat. […]

It’s not super hard to grow plants in Cyprus. After I’ve sown seeds I love the feeling I get when the first shoots appear. That feeling is even better when the shoots are from seeds I’ve collected. Even better when the original seeds were bought. The most successful I’ve been is with African Marigolds. A […]

I’m committed now, I’m going to bomb my concrete garden. Don’t worry (or maybe you’re clapping with delight?) I’m not using explosives. I’m going to bomb my garden with seeds, seedballs to be precise, from the lovely people at seedball.co.uk In case you’re not keeping up with these posts, I have a concrete garden in […]