Author: Tim C

About Tim C

Tim has lived in a variety of climates in different parts of the world, but he only started gardening when he settled (for the time being) in Newmarket, England, where the weather is not too extreme. It is also a major centre for horse racing and breeding, so there’s LOADS of manure! Some think he’s a bit old school when it comes to gardening, but he’s a soft touch for any new fangled gadget.

Liquid Fertiliser From Comfrey


Save money by making your own liquid fertiliser. You don’t have to spend money on commercial liquid feed. This is what to do: Plant some comfrey. Comfrey is a vigorous, tough plant which likes plenty of water. Choose the spot in your garden carefully because it isn’t easy to get rid of. It will grow…

Hellebores for Winter Color

hellebore Christmas rose

I’ve had Hellebores growing in my garden for many years, but they have not been the most colourful varieties. More often, they have been a subtle shade of green, and it is this subtlety that makes them so attractive, especially when mixed in with other plants. The other day a friend gave me a beautiful…

Bokashi Composting – Some More Facts

Bokashi composting kit

I wrote about the bokashi system of composting here on BG and thought I would give a little more information about it. What not to put in your bokashi bin. liquids or wet food large bones, shells from seafood. Bokashi is acidic so if you are digging it into your soil, leave it a few…

What is Bokashi Compost?


In this post I’m going all Japanese yet again! One of the great things about Big Granite is all the enthusiastic advice you can find about so many gardening subjects. I love to write for BG and, of course I also love to get all the tips I can from my fellow contributors. Recently I’ve…

Fennel – For Looks and For Cooks


I’ve grown fennel for quite a few years, partly because it is so easy to grow and partly because it is a very striking plant. It is a herbaceous perennial which dies back in winter. Provide some protection if temperatures drop below –10c. Plant your fennel so it gets maximum sun in the growing season.…

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