February often gets a bad rap, but unfairly so, in my opinion. Yes, it’s still winter and yes, it can sometimes be dreary, but prolonged periods of cold are so rare these days that the season is seldom actually as bad as we expect.
Grow your own
The Western world wastes three times the amount of food needed to feed the planet’s hungriest people. From our farms to our supermarkets, tonnes of perfectly edible food ends up in landfill, while statistics suggest that the average family in the UK throws away £700 worth of food a year – that’s £12 billion nationwide.
There’s always a lot to do in December, but not much time in which to do it before the Christmas holidays begin. Short days and grotty weather don’t help matters. Ideally, I’ll have finished weeding the vegetable beds by then, so that in January I can concentrate on mulching them.
Every month has much to recommend it, even November, although I can’t imagine many people would declare it their favourite.
Jam making is not just for experts. You don’t need fancy equipment to learn how to make jam – just a couple of ingredients and a few nifty tips.
October is a month of unstoppable transition. There’ll even be a few summer crops still doggedly carrying on but ripening ever more slowly.
In September, the trees and hedgerows are bursting with seasonal sweet and savoury treasures, from native fruits to big, beautiful autumnal squash.
The arrival of August is always welcome to a gardener. Plant growth begins to slow, and it is finally possible to stand back and admire the garden.
Few things will step up your cooking quite like always having fresh herbs to hand. Luckily, growing herbs is possible in or around almost any kitchen!
Rhubarb is easy to grow, and deserves a place on any gardener’s plot. A look at these rhubarb recipes will also illustrate that it is super versatile.