The space is flanked by neatly maintained lawns and tree-lined paths, which should be the highlight of the garden. They’re impeccably manicured—and the perfect length.
As a fan of organic gardening for over 30 years, Alan does not use chemical weed killers or fertilizers. His lawn gets a feed of blood, fish, and bonemeal, and daisies and dandelions are pulled out with a daisy-grubber. Small weeds are allowed to remain.
Alan’s love affair with greenhouses began early, when he built his first greenhouse, aged 12, out of salvaged wood piles, scraps of wood and a sheet of polythene.
Their current structure is smart enough, with a Victorian design, but “the joy remains the same”. He grows some of his favorite plants there, from pelargoniums to geraniums, and cucumbers to tomatoes, plus a sweet mimosa from Elton John’s garden.