Here you will find a selection of articles I have written for print and on-line magazines

An article I wrote for The Cottage Garden Society about the benefits, pleasures and easy of saving seeds:   Cottage Garden Society

An article about the importance of growing and saving heritage and heirloom varieties of vegetables which appeared in the Qantas in-flight magazine:   Qantas magazine

The story behind the re-discovery of the Mathania chilli in Rajasthan written for The Sustainable Food Trust:   Sustainable Food Trust

An article for The Organic Way about a journey I took along the Mekong River in Laos and Cambodia where I made some remarkable discoveries:   Gardens of the Mekong

A piece I wrote for The Organic Way about my work as a seed detective:   Notes from a seed collector

An article titled Southeast Wales – A hotbed of heritage vegetables about saving and sharing local Welsh varieties of garden crops:   Monmouthshire Voice

An article about growing vegetables alongside ornamentals in a flower border for The Cottage Garden Society:   Vegetables in the border

|n article I wrote for The Organic Way -an account of a late September afternoon seed saving:  The diary of a seed saver


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Three of my favourite peas looking blooming lovely. The promise of a brilliant mange tout to come with the purple flower of Jaune de Madras, the blousy flower of Dwarf Defiance and pretty double flowers of Carters Dwarf Sugar pea which are perfect for pots and small gardens


More planting out of crops for ⁦@HeritageSeedsUK⁩ using a pinch of excellent ⁦@CarbonGold⁩ in the planting hole. Morden Yellow is an ex-commercial Canadian cultivar no longer in production. Looking forward to see just how delicious they are and to save loads of seed.


The first pods of ⁦@HeritageSeedsUK⁩ dwarf pea Tom Thumb. Gorgeous in a pot and even better consumed

A trugfull of treats for a spring supper. Durham Early cabbage, Syrian Small broad beans and Douce Provence peas all grown from my home-saved seed. I cannot claim the asparagus which I bought as crowns. Too delicious to do anything more than steam and eat with a little butter 😋

Perfect weather for planting out @HeritageSeedsUK runner bean SIMM’s Corsair which I am growing out for seed for the library. Now time needed to encourage those leaders to twine 😋😋


⁦@RealFarmED⁩ ⁦@wrffc21⁩ offers of land for people seeking to start regenerative enterprises are up on the web. Interested in a new life on the land in Monmouthshire and the Brecon Beacons. Know people who are? For Land Seekers - Our Food 1200