Feeding Cities

We are particularly interested in how cities can become more sustainable, especially with this question of how a city might feed itself in the wake of growing fuel costs, rising populations and other climate change related challenges. Starting, quite literally, in our own back yard, this year we wanted to maximise growing in our gardens by…

Self-watering plastic bottle planter

Wanting to try something more DIY for my vertical gardening, I’ve opted for the very simple self-watering plastic bottle planter. It’s incredibly easy to make, but not without its issues. Reading other blog posts, it seems algae can grow in the water compartment, and roots can be sun-burnt. I initially followed Spoonful’s instructions, however removing…

Popup Bikes

I’m riding in the Great Manchester Cycle on Monday and needed to get my bike serviced so I visited Popup Bikes just behind Victoria Station and the Cooperative in Manchester. They have a great thing going! An indoor bike park, cycle maintenance and a cafe with wifi, all in a really cool setting and buzzing…

Home grown: the journey

For all those who are regular visitors to this blog, you’ll have noticed we’ve changed the look of the blog. We felt the blog works better if readers can see a number of recipes and posts on the front page and then can click in to that particular recipe. If anyone has any difficulties with…

Carrot Cake

Right, got a few Riverford carrots in the fridge so what better way to use them, than in a cake! March and April seem the time to bake Carrot Cake. My first stop on the journey is Felicity Cloake’s article on How to cook perfect carrot cake. The blog featured at Guardian is always a winner, dwelling…

Quarry Bank Mill and Styal Estate

We paid a visit to Quarry Bank Mill and Styal Estate on Sunday 1st January 2012. There is a vicarage on the estate with an adjoining allotment (with resident cats), which provided a little inspiration for my forthcoming backyard. It’s good to see an allotment working in Winter. For more information on the National Trust’s Quarry Bank Mill…