Parker’s Penryn Garden

14 December 2016 // Parker's Penryn Garden

A long-awaited update from Cornwall – featuring bunnies, borlotti beans, and blight Words & pictures: Stephen ‘Spoonful’ Parker Slipping on autumn leaves, I stagger up the garden clutching a rotten plastic sack full of soaking wet horse manure. At the compost heap I bend with relief to drop the bag. The force of a 50-pound […]

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Parker’s Penryn Garden

13 January 2016 // Parker's Penryn Garden

Seaweed and ‘black gold’ – this month it’s all about compost Words and pictures: Stephen ‘Spoonful’ Parker I’m squelching around in the garden, seeing jobs that need doing but averting my eyes to avoid anything that involves hanging around up here longer than necessary. We’ve had an awful lot of rain this winter (what’s new?) […]

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Parker’s Penryn Garden

3 November 2015 // Parker's Penryn Garden

Victorian superstition rears its head in the Cornish garden Words and pictures: Stephen ‘Spoonful’ Parker I raise the axe and bring it down, smashing the back over and over again on the heap of sweetcorn stems that need to be broken down for the compost heap. It’s a repetitive and cathartic thud, thud, thud. Nothing […]

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Parker’s Penryn Garden

9 October 2015 // Parker's Penryn Garden

This month, the Cornish garden is overflowing with rainwater and sour plums Words and pictures: Stephen ‘Spoonful’ Parker I stand in the garden dismayed. Usually on the return from our summer holiday I’m excited to get back up here to see what’s happened. This year it’s different. The garden has exploded with growth. The water […]

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Parker’s Penryn Garden

9 August 2015 // Parker's Penryn Garden

This month’s action in the life of a Cornish garden features pumpkin surgery, monster chard and squeaky peas Words and pictures: Stephen ‘Spoonful’ Parker Why did I do that? I stand up, filled with consternation. In trying to move the trailing vine of one of the pumpkin plants, I’ve damaged it pretty badly. It hasn’t […]

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