Compost bins and beehive nestle in the floating orchard barge in London created by kitchen gardener Nick Lacey – one of the innovative kitchen gardens that features in Lia Leendertz’s book, My Tiny Veg Plot

Presented with the challenge of growing even a little of our own food, it is remarkable how ingenious and inventive humankind has proved itself to (...)

An arrangement of decorative autumn seedheads from the garden, including those of the opium poppy, honesty, Thalictrum, Molinia. Photograph: Richard Johnston

It’s when leaves start to fall, flowers start to fade and the low autumn sun throws out its last, fierce shafts of glimmering, golden light that I fin(...)

It has always struck me as deliciously odd that a plant capable of producing such fiery-tasting fruits should be known by the name of “chilli”. We (...)

Clarke’s Soaps, handmade in Dublin

I could start off this week’s column with a Grinch-like list of gifts that the nation’s gardeners are hoping not to find under the tree this year ((...)

Zwena McCullough (on left), the award-winning allotment provider and the owner of the Hydro Farm Allotment site in Blarney, Co Cork, with plot holder Peggy Murray. Photograph: Richard Johnston

If I had to single out one of the very best things to emerge from the economic wreckage of the late noughties, it would be that, as a nation, we redis(...)

Photographs: Richard Johnson

SPICK AND SPAN . . . It’s time to get those vegetable beds in tip-top condition for the winter. Start by lifting, storing and clearing away finishe(...)