• Caption: No Adults Allowed Garden
    Caption: The Flood Resilient Garden
    Caption: Saatchi Garden
    Caption: All about Hedges Garden

    What does a fantastical garden designed by children for children, an outdoor sanctuary packed with ideas to improve flood resilience, a sculptural display for the prestigious Saatchi Gallery, and a showcase for the RHS science team all have in common? They are all RHS Chelsea Flower Show exhibits being supported this month by Dalefoot Composts.

    All four will be getting a peat-free finishing flourish with our composts at the world’s most famous flower show. Our Dalefoot Composts team will also be on hand at the event (21-25 May) to meet customers new and old, and answer your gardening queries. Our stand (EAE545) will be in its usual position at the end of the main shopping avenue.

    Here’s a sneak preview of the exhibits we are supporting:

    RHS No Adults Allowed Garden: Harry Holding – a joyful journey through a playful landscape where children can explore the magic of lush woodland, bountiful meadows and a wetland with lots of colour and oversized plants. And a den set within a pool of water, plus a slide. Designed by children, with assistance from award-winning designer Harry Holding, this immersive feature garden highlights the importance of access to nature for kids.

    Flood Re: The Flood Resilient Garden: Naomi Slade and Dr Ed Barsley – want ideas on how to help reduce flood risk and to recover quickly after periods of heavy rainfall? This sanctuary gardens will be awash with tips on how to do just that. Dense planting will slow the flow, while water is also captured and stored for later use. After heavy rain, the elevated deck and mound – linked by a bridge over a central swale – provide both habitable places for people, and well-drained soil for the plants that need it.
    The swale will form a stream, channelling rainwater into a feature pond where it can gradually soak away, while large tanks double as ornamental ponds which store water for later use, and can be discharged ahead of further rain, using smart-technology.

    All About Hedges RHS Science display: Dave Green - an educational display highlighting the results of RHS research into the benefits of using mixed hedge plants in gardens, instead of single species hedges. The exhibit will include a variety of hedges as well as planting with additional environmental benefits, plus planting that is appropriate for use near to hedges. Feature trees will show how, if left unpruned, hedges develop into mature trees, and a central engagement area will include microscopes and other scientific equipment to allow visitors to see hedge leaves at a very detailed level.

    The Saatchi Gallery garden, Abeba Esse: Dave Green - showcasing work by the British-Caribbean artist Zak Ové, this will depict a Black Diasporic journey from Africa, to the Caribbean and then to the UK. The journey links to the routes taken to bring many slaves to the UK in the past and hints at the wealth created by this trade. The displays will feature a broad range of planting to capture the spirit of the different geographical zones, and aims to encourage important conversations about the themes central to Ové’s work – the African Diaspora, contemporary multiculturalism, globalisation, and the blend of politics, tradition, race, and history that informs our identities.

    Balcony and Container Gardens: Our compost will also be used throughout several of the Balcony and Container Gardens created under the mentorship of Paul Hervey-Brookes.

  • After a long incredibly wet winter, followed by a cool, damp and grey start to spring, many gardeners are feeling a bit disheartened and the worse for wear. Poor weather conditions mean that some winter projects such as pruning apple trees were impossible to complete (who wants to prune trees in a gale?!), and many early plantings were submerged by floods or munched by giant slugs.

    I am dreaming of eating homegrown sun-ripened strawberries, reclining in the hammock on warm sunny afternoons …. however the view today from my desk is driving rain, high winds and very soggy sheep!

    It’s good to keep positive and focus on a productive growing year, but it is also important to remember our well being. The garden won’t thrive unless we are taking care of ourselves too.

    Nature is healing

    Getting outside and into the garden is excellent for mental health. Being amongst green spaces can reduce stress and anxiety, whilst also increasing your physical wellbeing. Even on the gloomiest of days, spending some time in nature can boost physical and mental health. It is surprising how even the greyest day is much brighter once you step outside.

    Here are some more ideas for regenerating the gardener, putting a spring in our steps and a smile on our faces.

    Call it a “Wildlife Garden”

    Most of us will have plenty of unfinished projects in the garden this spring, and areas which are somewhat battered after a record breaking 12 storms here in the UK. It isn’t humanly possible to do everything - sowing, planting, harvesting, work, family/social life, hobbies and rescue all of the winter damage during springtime, so my advice is to prioritise what really does need to be done - sowing parsnips or putting up bean frames. Ignore what you can’t do now, and call that a “wildlife garden’.

    This immediately makes you an eco-warrior and transforms an untidy space into a beneficial area for the wild creatures!

    Social media vs real life

    I love looking at beautiful images on social media, whether its gorgeous reels of idyllic cottages, immaculate productive kitchen gardens with nary a slug in sight, or store cupboards filled with homemade seasonal preserves that miraculously seem to have been made in a spare five minutes between baking sour dough bread and hand-sowing a gingham frock.

    They can be an entertaining break in the day, but it is really important for your well being not to compare your lifestyle, home and garden with these carefully curated glimpses into someone else’s “life”.

    They’re not showing you the pile of laundry shoved into the cupboard, pizza boxes in the recycling or the five trays of transplants that were munched by pests!

    Some perfect plots are managed by people who have a team of employees, or don’t have to go out to work, look after children or similar commitments, or have a large private income. There is literally no way most of us can emulate it even if we want to, so enjoy the lovely pictures and then be happy with how much you do manage to achieve in your plot.

    Enjoy a new project

    An excellent way of re-energising and lifting the spirits is to plan a new project. This could be a larger scale project, such as creating a wildlife pond or planting a new cut flower bed, or something much smaller such as making a hoverfly lagoon in an old yogurt pot (see link to You Tube tutorial) or a bee drinking pool in a saucer.

    Your new project doesn’t need to cost anything. Gardeners are a resourceful lot and will cheerfully rise to the challenge of making things using other people’s discarded junk.

    An excellent project which combines thrifty resourcefulness, caring for nature, and tidying up the garden is to make a “dead hedge”. This structure can be as homespun or as fancy as you wish. You just need some strong stakes for the vertical framework, to hold it all together, and twiggy bits, prunings, etc.

    Cut the stakes to the height that you want the hedge to be, plus and extra 10cm or so where they’ll go into the ground. Decide where you want the dead hedge to be, and how wide, and knock the vertical stakes into the ground at approximately 50cm intervals, on each side of the hedge. These will hold the cuttings etc in place.

    Layer the twiggy material in between the stakes, gradually building it up. Over time they’ll rot down, so you can just keep adding more twiggy bits as you’re pruning throughout the year.

    The dead hedge provides a habitat for insects, birds and mammals. Some add nesting boxes to tall dead hedges, or hedgehog houses at the bottom.


    After a long day gardening, take some time to relax with homemade bath salts using garden herbs and flowers.

    These also make a lovely soothing foot soak if you don’t have a bath. Plastic washing up bowls make super foot baths.

    Makes 10 bath sachets

    You’ll need:

    • a regular tea cup (to use as a measure), the sort your granny would use
    • a bowl to mix it all in
    • some non-holey odd socks and string, or cotton/muslin circles (use a dinner plate as a template when cutting out), or re-usable muslin/cotton bags (make your own, or buy online).


    • 2 cups epsom salts
    • 1 cup sea salt (or Himalayan pink rock salt for a splash of colour)
    • I cup of dried lemon balm or lemon verbena
    • 1 cup of dried lavender
    • 1 cup of dried calendula
    • 1 cup of dried rose petals
    • 1 cup of chamomile

    To make

    Mix together the dried herbs and flowers and salts in the bowl.

    Divide the mix equally and pour into the cotton bags or socks, if using. Tie with string.

    Alternatively, place the herb and salt mixture in the middle of the cotton circles, gather the sides up around it - a bit like a Christmas pudding - and tie with string.

    To use, swish a bag around in the warm water when running a bath to release the fragrance and relaxing salts.

    These make great gifts too.

    Ring the changes by using whatever herbs you have in your garden. You can use fresh herbs, but these won’t keep and can go mouldy, so just make a smaller amount for each bath, and use fresh.

    Tips for if you don’t have dried herbs ready

    Tip: Visit international food shops for an excellent economical source of dried rose petals, which are an important ingredient in Middle Eastern cuisine. They are much cheaper than buying from a whole food shop.

    Another Tip: There is no shame in opening up herbal tea bags and using the contents in your mix! Polish stores often have an excellent range of herbal teas which are much cheaper than supermarkets. Usually the lemon balm tea is sold as “Melissa”.



    About Stephanie:

    Stephanie Hafferty is an award winning garden and food writer, expert no dig gardener, homesteader, edible garden designer and inspirational public speaker. Stephanie is currently creating a no dig homestead on half an acre in West Wales, where she runs gardening courses: https://nodighome.com/talks-workshops/grow-year-round-no-dig-gardening-courses/

    Her garden was featured on BBC Gardeners’ World in 2022. Her books include: No Dig Organic Home and Garden and The Creative Kitchen: seasonal plant based recipes using ingredients you can grow on an allotment.

    Follow her journey on her blog, Instagram and You Tube

    Website and blog : www.NoDigHome.com

    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/stephaniehafferty/

    You Tube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/c/StephanieHaffertyNoDigHomesteading

  • We're delighted that Sara Venn of Edible Bristol will be sharing a nugget of wisdom with us each month - she will share her gardening know-how and experiences acquired over many years running the community growing scheme, Edible Bristol. If you think small changes don't make a difference, read on...

    In 2016 Edible Bristol, made an open commitment to go peat free. Now, it’s fair to say we had been 90% peat free up to that point, but as a community based organisation every now and then we are gifted compost, and it was mainly that we were turning those gifts down, and committing to paying a premium for peat free products.

    Not the easiest thing to do you might think?

    What we did was lead the way.

    Now the local authority is peat free, the local waste company is making compost, the local garden centres are peat free!

    That’s community making change.



    Follow Sara Venn on Instagram @saralimback , Twitter @Saralimback and Facebook @Saravenn - The Community Gardener or visit The Community Garden website

  • Caption: Ade
    Caption: Aubergines in a pot
    Caption: Sweet Potatoes
    Caption: Tomatoes

    There’s no doubt Spring is here, and for us gardeners it’s a busy time in the calendar as we sow, grow and pot on. Every year we tell ourselves the same thing, “I’d love to grow that, but I just don’t have the space”. Yet, the first sign of warm weather and common sense goes out the window. Greenhouses are crammed with precious seedlings, whilst flowerbeds begin to bulge with newly planted possibilities.

    Garden areas are truly precious. For many of us it’s limited, but for many more people they have very little space, leaving them to think ‘growing your own’ is a pipe dream. So, whether it’s a patio, balcony or a few pots, what can you do to make your small space shine?

    A sunny balcony can offer so much growing opportunity for trailing plants. Potted into hanging baskets, or secure flower boxes, the plants can hang down, filling the area with colour and interest. Plants to consider are petunias, lobelia and trailing fuchsias. Ensure you use Dalefoot’s Wool Compost for Potting, as this will not only provide all your plant needs, but will help to retain moisture as we head into those warm summer months.

    If you have a little more space on your balcony, patio or courtyard, add a few large pots or containers with summer bedding plants. You don’t need to grow them from seed if you’re lacking growing space, as your local garden nursery will have a wide range, and often they don’t cost the earth. For a bit of flare, mix up your planting scheme with osteospermum, gazania and gerbera. Or, if you’re looking for plants with height, cornflower, bishop’s flower and tithonia are worthy contenders. They will happily grow in pots and hold the promise of entertaining bees and other pollinators.

    But, if you really want your area to shine, and don’t mind getting your hands dirty, try sowing a few sunflower seeds using Dalefoot’s Wool Compost for Seeds. If you have the budget, pot up a few canna or dahlia tubers. All easy plants to grow, that offer a huge variety of size, colour and bloom, that will guarantee something for every growing area. Even a packet of wildflower seeds sown into a container can offer colour and interest, and give a child the chance to garden and get closer to nature.

    However, small spaces can often be shaded spaces, so what can you do to bring interest to these areas? Hostas and ferns are low maintenance plants, that offer wonderful interest and structure. Fuchsias, coleus and heuchera are also excellent plants for a shady spot. Consider planting a small acer into the ground or a container or pot. Slow-growing, and with its attractive foliage changing over the seasons, it can be a real focal point for the space.

    There’s a train of thought that you need a lot of space to grow vegetables, but this isn’t the case as there’s so much you can still grow in a limited space. Many varieties of veg now have a dwarf variation, giving you a healthy crop and a plant that doesn’t grow as large.

    Potatoes are always an easy veg to start with. Grown in potato sacks and containers, they take up little space. Also, once the flowers and foliage appear, they make for an attractive feature. For a change of scenery sweet potatoes are fun to grow. Courgettes are a must for a sunny corner, that will also happily grow in sacks and containers. For a continual harvest, plant them up with Dalefoot’s Compost for Vegetables and Salad, and establish a regular watering regime. Once they start to produce fruit, the key is to pick the courgettes regularly. Not only are you getting a constant supply, but it tells the plant to continue producing.

    Of course, if you can’t grow out, grow up. Smaller variety of squashes can be grown as trailing plants such as uchiki kuri and little gem. Beans, peas are vertical growing plants that have a minimum footprint, and you don’t need to grow many to get a good crop. The key is to create a strong structure so they can latch on and pull themselves up.

    Hanging baskets are not just for flowers, they’re also ideal for growing tomatoes such as ‘tumbling tom’ and ‘pear drops’. Also, small cucumber varieties like ‘Hopeline’ and bush chilli plants will also grow in these baskets. If you enjoy fresh fruit, then you have to try growing strawberries in hanging baskets. Long window boxes on a balcony or window’s edge are a perfect setting for strawberries. Plant early, mid-season and late varieties, and you could be eating freshly picked strawberries throughout summer.

    Salad leaves, such as rocket and little gem, are versatile and perfect for the summer menu. Treat them as displays by potting them up in hanging baskets, pots or window containers. Don’t be too concerned if they’re grown in a slight shady area, as this will restrict their chances of bolting as summer temperatures increase.

    Believe it or not, fruit trees can still be an option in a limited space. Many varieties are grown on dwarf root stock, which determines the vigour of the tree thus producing a smaller specimen. As these trees take up less space, they can be grown in pots and containers, and kept on a sunny patio or balcony allowing you to enjoy freshly picked fruit. Stepover fruit trees alongside a path are also a great option, taking up little space that make a great feature and help to create structure to a small area. When choosing your tree, opt for self-fertilising varieties. That way, you won’t need another similar variety for cross pollination purposes. Also, if you do have the space for another fruit tree, it means you can go for a different fruit altogether, giving your tastebuds and space more choice.

    If you are lucky enough to own a few flowerbeds, why not try growing a bit of veg in amongst your flowers. They’ll grow happily together, and if you get the right combination you’ve got companion planting. Where flower and veg plant work together to attract pollinators and deter pests. Also, this informal design of ornamental and edible plants closely planted together can give your growing area that charming ‘cottage garden’ look, which will make many onlookers stop and stare at your functional space.

    Intercropping is an ideal option if you have a limited growing area. For gaps between flowers and vegetables, try filling them with short-term veggies such as lettuce, radishes or spinach. By starting these seeds off in a greenhouse, they’ll germinate quicker, giving you a plug plant, you can pop into the ground where you see gaps appears.

    Don’t let the size of your growing space restrict you ambition. Although garden books, magazines and garden shows can instruct you on what you should do, I believe a little garden anarchy, and breaking a few rules can be a good thing. Afterall, if you can’t make mistakes free of judgement, how will you learn, discover and be encouraged to go further on your garden adventure. Gardening is for everyone, no matter what your space is. It’s not an exclusive club for the few, it’s shed doors are open to everyone.

    I’m Ade Sellars the ‘Good Life Gardener’, and I’m am award-winning garden writer, gardener, presenter, and content producer, with a passion for growing my own food in my kitchen garden. As well as running my own gardening business, I design kitchen gardens, write for magazines, produce tailored video content for gardening brands, flower shows and outdoor events and I regularly deliver talks and demonstrations around the country.

    Website: www.adesellars.com
    Instagram: adesellars
    YouTube: @TheGoodLifeGardener
    LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/ade-sellars-the-good-life-gardener-7429ba42/

  • Caption: Constructing the garden in my old house
    Caption: July after sowing everything in March
    Caption: My currrent garden, with lots of flowers and my greenhouse in the sunniest spot

    There you stand, the tingle of spring on your skin and the seed of an idea sprouting in your mind: you want to start a garden. If you have let this thought escape, you will likely have been met with a barrage of well-meaning advice. People have likely listed their favourite plants and told you to dig them all over, not to dig them or cover them with weed membranes, or never use that awful weed membrane. The information out there is conflicting at best and, at worst, overwhelming.

    As an ecologist, I have studied plants and their interactions with nature. I have tried to weave this into my gardening, too, and along the way, I have had plenty of opportunities to practice. As an average millennial, I have moved house too many times to count. I have started more new gardens than I care to remember. But along the way, I have honed my technique, and nowadays, I can confidently say that I can start a garden in a day.

    The thing with gardens is that they are—and should always be—a journey. DIY programs on TV that roll out cookie-cutter gardens for people in desperate need of some outdoor space fail to recognise one thing: gardens are transient. They are subject to seasons, weather, changing needs, and, of course, the dreaded garden pests. That being said, starting your garden journey needn’t be arduous.

    Getting Started

    When starting a new garden, vegetable patch, or allotment, you must first decide how you want to use the space. Whether you really like holding big family barbecues or your kids want to play football, your outside space must reflect the needs of the users.

    The next thing to consider is your budget. Gardens can be done on a budget, but it takes more time. This can be wonderful if you are happy to sit and let nature do its’ work, filling your garden year after year with surprises and joy. If you have a decent budget, you can consider doing some hard landscaping and buying more mature plants, which will have a more instant impact.

    Next, you must assess the conditions in your garden. You might be well-acquainted with them, but if not, spend some time outdoors. Doing some weeding is an excellent way to find out how you move around your garden, where the shady spots are, and what the soil is like. If you’re unsure what the light will be like in your garden, you can talk to your neighbours or try to work it out roughly. Do this by finding out which way your garden faces and then working out what will cast shade on your site. Don’t forget that the sun will be much higher in the sky during summer than in spring, spring, and autumn.
    Lastly, work out what you like. With this, I encourage you to trawl Pinterest and Instagram, open books and visit other gardens. Get to know what excites you, and if you’re unsure, leave your options open when designing your garden.

    Designing your garden

    Sketch your garden. This can be precisely measured or just rough. Hard landscaping will take more than a day, and you will need an exact plan; otherwise, you can get away with drawing it roughly.

    In your garden, you will need:
    - Somewhere to sit (this is essential, even if it’s just somewhere to perch)
    - A plan for how you will move around; this can be a path, but it doesn’t have to be.
    - Somewhere for plants, this can be borders, beds or containers.

    You might also want:
    - A shed: this is essential if you have gardening tools that need housing. Place your shed somewhere easily accessible but otherwise not valuable for planting space, such as a shady area.
    - A water butt: this will help keep watering costs to a minimum. Choose somewhere near a guttering downpipe or next to something with a roof to collect water from it.
    - A compost bin: This will help you recycle nutrients in your garden and reduce costs. Place this somewhere sheltered, away from the house. Compost bins are a good use of spaces where you would struggle to grow plants.
    - A greenhouse: this is great if you want to raise some plants from seed or if you want to keep plants that need protection in winter. To get the best out of your greenhouse, put it somewhere with as much sun as possible. Make sure it is well-anchored so it doesn’t get damaged.
    - A pond: This is the best thing you can do for the wildlife in your garden, and it will help you to balance your garden ecosystem for natural pest control. You can build a container pond or have a pond sunken into the ground. Build your pond somewhere that won’t get in the way and won’t pose a risk to people moving around your garden. Building ponds under trees isn’t recommended as they fill with leaves in autumn and become more challenging to manage.

    There are plenty of other things you might choose to have in your garden. Some you can add right away, and others will have to wait. So, you must plan where everything will go at the outset so you can work to that idea, although, of course, plans can always be changed!

    My Garden

    When I moved into an uninspiring newly built terrace house at the end of 2020, the garden was completely bare—an unloved patch of scrubby grass. I knew I wanted to grow vegetables and fill it with colour and flavour. In March 2021, I built some raised beds – with the sole aim of keeping my tortoise away from my vegetables. Unfortunately, my little shelled friend is an accomplished climber, and the beds did little to protect my precious seedlings. However, they created plenty of habitat for slugs, snails and woodlice. If I had a choice, I wouldn’t use raised beds for this reason.

    Before constructing my raised beds, I mowed the grass as low as possible. I then covered it with cardboard. This helps suppress the grass and the weeds and breaks them down quickly. It adds structure to the soil and doesn’t add microplastics like weed fabrics can. Once I had added several layers of card, I watered it and covered it with a few inches of compost. As soon as this was done, I was ready to plant! I planted flowers and vegetables and later that year feasted on my home-grown food.

    Preparing the soil

    Many people struggle with preparing soil in their gardens, but the truth is, it couldn’t be easier. You need to start by assessing your soil. Does it regularly get waterlogged? Is it acidic, alkaline, or neutral? You can’t easily change what you have, but the conditions will give you an idea of what plants will work best in your garden. If your soil routinely gets waterlogged, you must add some drainage. This can be in the form of soakaways, drains, additional organic matter, or raised beds to create height and lift your plant roots away from waterlogging.

    Once you have determined what soil you have and marked out where your beds will be, you need to add organic matter. Do this where you intend to plant. You might want to build some raised beds first, but this is an aesthetic thing and purely optional.

    Almost all soils are depleted in organic matter. Depleted soil will not hold onto water well or become waterlogged easily and will not supply your plants with enough nutrients. If you want to combat all these problems, add organic matter. Do this in the form of a mulch on your beds. I recommend using compost as it doesn’t create habitat for garden pests. If your soil is heavy and sticky, use a compost such as Lakeland gold to add more structure to your soil. If you have light, sandy soils, consider something nutrient-rich, such as Double Strength, as this acts as a fabulous soil improver. If you want to plant seedlings or sow directly into your beds, I recommend using an excellent all-purpose compost such as Veg and Salad compost, as this will support seedling growth without overpowering them.
    Refrain from digging your soils as this will further deplete them of organic matter, which is oxidised and broken down by the sun during digging.


    Most annual weeds can be suppressed under cardboard or simply hoed out. More pernicious weeds, however, may need to be removed more forcibly. If you have brambles, they will need to be dug out. Thistles, doc, and dandelions all have long taproots and should be gently levered out with a long weeding tool as they can regenerate from their roots. Couch grass doesn’t usually back down when using weed suppressant, so I tend to pull it up, roots and all.

    Nettles and bindweed can also be pulled up and should be regularly hoed to drain them of energy and stop them from growing. Mares' tails should be routinely hoed, too, but can be challenging to eliminate. With all these weeds, avoid digging the soil as you risk spreading them and allowing them to multiply from fractions of their roots.


    Once you have given your beds a good dose of organic matter, it’s time to start planting! There are several ways you can add plants to your garden:

    - Direct Sowing: Sow seeds directly into the bed. Do this with robust annual plants, and mark where you sowed them so you don’t accidentally mistake them for weeds. Annuals are wonderful for direct sowing.
    - Sowing in a greenhouse or on a windowsill: Raise your plants using some seed compost and then plant them out when they are a few inches tall and robust enough to withstand light pest damage. Make sure you don’t plant tender seedlings before the last frost!
    - Buying plug plants: Make sure to buy from a reputable source and avoid cheap plants, as they often contain systemic pesticides. Perennial plants will give you a show year after year, whereas annuals will bloom just this year and then die off. Biennials will grow in the first year and flower in the second, dying off after flowering. Perennials are, therefore, more expensive than annuals and biennials, but you get better value for money.
    - Buying mature plants: This is a great way to get instant impact, but it can be expensive. I recommend doing a mix. Visiting a nursery regularly and choosing plants that are in flower at different points in the year is an excellent way to bring colour into your garden throughout the seasons.

    When planting borders, try to use several different heights. You can put tall plants towards the back, with shorter plants at the front. Ensure that you are buying or sowing plants that will be suitable for your light and soil conditions. Don’t be afraid to move something if it doesn’t look right or is not thriving. Using a mixture of annuals, perennials, shrubs, trees, seedlings, and plug plants is the best approach to creating full and fun borders.

    The most important thing when creating your garden is to look after your soil. By adding organic matter and trying to reduce disturbance to the soil, you will allow the natural processes in the soil to work. This can help aerate and create drainage in your soil and release nutrients to your plants. None of this is possible without adequate levels of organic matter.

    I have started a new garden, primarily for growing flowers, and am setting up a new allotment, which I will use for vegetables, fruit, and flowers. If you want to follow my journey, see me on @Sow_Much_More on Instagram or Sow Much More on Facebook.




    About Me:

    Becky is a garden writer with a background in ecology and botany. She has a keen knowledge of soil and spends the time outside her garden speaking and writing about natural gardening and soil ecology. Becky has a podcast called The Seed Pod and is active on social media as Sow Much More.

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