Articles by Penny Woodward

Red poppy

Poppy planting time

May 11, 2019

Planting poppy seed, Penny Woodward explains, takes a little care.

Dianthus and sage.

Growing in sandy soils

April 21, 2019

A few gardeners are blessed with deep, rich, textured, fertile soil. But what if you aren't? Asks Penny Woodward

Lovely leeks

April 12, 2019

Leeks are best planted in Autumn and Winter says Penny Woodward

Testing pH

Testing times

April 8, 2019

What is pH and how can you change it? Penny Woodward explains.

Tahitian lime


March 22, 2019

Limes have it all says Penny Woodward. Fragrant flowers, glossy leaves, delicious fruit.

Garlic ain't just garlic

March 20, 2019

Diversity in garlic cultivars will help cope with the effects of climate change, while new research bolsters garlic’s already strong health credentials, writes Penny Woodward.




Buckland oregano

Oregano and marjoram

February 26, 2019

Penny Woodward says that oregano comes into its own at this time of year.


Hyssop highlights

February 3, 2019

Hyssop, says Penny Woodward, attracts bees and butterflies and dispels the ‘nits and itchings of the beard’!