Soily Dreams

About me

It all started in a small garden greenhouse in an almost forgotten town in the North-East of England. Allotment and pigeon sheds once littered the landscape and across the town the flower trade bloomed. Pansies and petunia, tulips and tomatoes, chrysanthemums and calendula. Bulbs and blossoms flowed out of every garden.

old bananas

5 Ways to Use Old Bananas

If you hate wasting food and throwing away valuable materials, think twice before you throw away those leftover bananas. There are many ways you can use up the fruit and also the peels from making a simple jam to potassium-rich fertilizers. With a little ingenuity and patience, you can create some very useful products of your own.


Calamondin Bars

Calamondin Bars will tantalize the taste buds and leave you craving for more. Just simply squeeze those citrus fruits and enjoy the fruit of your labor.

How To Make Leaf Mould

How To Make Leaf Mould

Leaf mould may take a long time to decompose but its well worth the effort. This fine grained humus makes an excellent medium to add to your soil and much more from mulching to starting seeds.

Tree Stump Tales

Consumers to Producers

Consumers to Producers It seems that we have inadvertently slipped into the trap of becoming consumers instead of producers. As consumers, we rely heavily on pretty packaging to bring a lot of products to a strategically placed shelf, specifically designed to milk our finances. Our own laziness and lack of […]

muddy memoirs

Chickweed and Canaries

Canaries love this cool season plant that can be found thriving in the countryside and you never know what else you might find rummaging through the foliage.


Growing Aloe vera

A short simple guide on growing Aloe vera, and a look into the usefulness of our little prickly friend, from treating burns to boosting the immune system.


EM Bacteria

EM Bacteria What is EM Bacteria? EM Bacteria stands for effective microorganisms. There are three main types of bacteria that make up this probiotic formula, photosynthetic bacteria, lactic acid bacteria and yeast. They are most commonly used to bring back the bacterial balance to depleted soils and to aid the […]


Garlic and Basil Spray

¬†Garlic and Basil Spray In my imagination, the air above the garden is a busy highway of bugs and pests. Above our hectic lives and calming gardens, they’re just cruising around on the lookout for something delicious to eat. Whether it be your favourite flowers or that very special vegetable […]


Moringa Oliefera

Moringa Oleifera has been widely cultivated for thousands of years due to its rapid growth and many health benefits. The high content of essential vitamins like calcium, potassium, vitamins A ans C, iron and magnesium, make the tiny leaves enormously nutritious.


Give Bees A Chance

The destruction of bee’s natural habitat is becoming a global problem due to the overuse of pesticides. Here are some ideas that can help our fuzzy little friends from our own gardens.

Leave No Waste

The Leave No Waste Philosophy

Leave No Waste looks at some simple ideas from around the garden for a better tomorrow. Utilizing things that we often throw away or overlook to save money and help the environment.

Happy New Year

Thoughts for the New Year

As the New Year grows closer, I would like to end this festive period with some final thoughts to consider in the new growing season. I know that you are all itching to get out there and some are already preparing the patches and anxiously anticipating what to plant at allotment.

worm farming

The Wonderful World of Worm Farming

The Wonderful World of Worm Farming The majority of worm farms can be quite complicated. Not only are they difficult to set up and require the use of power tools, they can be costly and high maintenance. There are many elaborate designs and techniques but lets remember, earthworms live in […]