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It was Marco Polo who introduced nutmeg to the Europeans which is now commercially grown in the Caribbean, in particular the spice island of Grenada. Having visited Grenada once in my travels, I can certainly attest to the heady smell of nutmeg in the markets there.

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

There’s a silent war going on in Cyprus. Nobody talks much about it and certainly nobody says much about the death and destruction being wrought in gardens island wide. War? Destruction? Death? Okay, okay, it’s fine to come out of your bomb shelter. I’m not talking about an invasion by a hostile power, I’m talking […]