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Franklyn & Vincent is a few casual peeks from my kitchen garden beginnings and home maker dreams in a small terrace house in East London.
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03 Feb
Dreaming of spring…

I've poured through the seed catalogues, treated myself to new seed trays, so let the planting begin. Many of the seeds are now under soil, so it's pretty much wishful thinking and lots of fussing until I get seedlings strong enough to go into pots. Even...

04 Oct
Fruit + Veg Fails

Mostly I've had a cracking growing season this year, I've eaten the best tomatoes of my life, the carrots were amazing and the apple tree is going from strength to strength. A lot of gardening is wishful thinking, bringing a mixture of success and failures, but there...

07 Sep
Hello. My name is Sarah and I’m obsessed with my tomatoes…

Seriously. I have a relationship with my tomatoes, like nothing else in the garden and they know it. When the tomatoes are ready to eat, it's frankly brilliant. A homegrown tom tastes like they do in the med and they are well worth the wait,...

26 Aug
Why my cucumbers are freaking me out

Think it's only cats that are scared of cucumbers? Think again. Most of the marketing standards for supermarket fruit and veg are ridiculous. I mean does it really affect your cauliflower cheese if the cauliflower isn't perfectly white or if your carrot is a bit knobbly? It baffles me and I...

08 Aug
Amanda loves a Padron Pepper

A few years ago we (Amanda + Me) were sitting in a place called Sam's Brasserie* after work at their very good happy hour. Good, because it was half price on everything between 5-7pm Monday - Thursday. So we'd order the padron peppers, oysters (I know!) and...

02 Jul
Pak Choi & the Slugs

Things you need to know about pak choi Pak choi is really easy to grow in pots, but there is somebody else who likes it more than we do. Slugs. I had mine covered with a fabric cloche for the first month and they were even...

21 May
Herbs for Rookies

Not all herbs are easy going. There are certain herbs I struggle to grow outdoors, but generally, herbs are the container gardener's friend, as with the right conditions, all herbs will grow well in pots. So a brief run-down of the ones to marry for years to the...

08 May
Don’t Buy a Lemon Tree from Spar 

I know. I'm sure anyone of you could have told me that wasn't a good idea. Firstly, I'd had a few wines, so didn't have my plant buying wits about me and instead, saw the lemon tree and instantly had boozy romantic dreams of lemons hanging from...

08 Aug
Growing Carrots

I'm not sure if I had beginners luck, but I had a bumper crop of carrots this year and while most of my brassicas are getting eaten to shreds, my carrots remained untouched. THINGS I KNOW ABOUT GROWING CARROTS You can definitely grow carrots in deep containers, in fact it might...