Green fingers to finger licking – the Wonderland Freelance June 2017 roundup

As a gardening journalist I’m lucky enough to combine my love of growing with my work, so it was fascinating to be commissioned to look into the history of the grow-your-own movement by Great British Food magazine.

Growing up: a history of allotments and how the grow your own movement started

I also delved into the history of the summer tradition of the ice-cream van for Great British Food, looking at how this much maligned industry is ringing the changes, quite literally, to stay one cone ahead of the competition…

Chimes are a changing: the fascinating story of Britain’s ice-cream vans

In mid June I offered fellow gardeners my usual monthly roundup of jobs and activities to do in your garden

Jobs to dig into in the garden in June

And posted some of my regularly commissioned diet, wellbeing and fitness features, including this one for Natural Health magazine which looked at how clock watching could help weight watching.

Can clock watching help weight-watching?

Investigating the ingredients which go into commonplace food and drink is often a theme of my food journalism and Great British Food magazine asked me to explore why malt is such a vital ingredient of British beer.

Malt of the earth: what’s the most important ingredient in beer?

Returning to my own Northamptonshire allotment, I posted a guide to succession sowing on your plot, to make the most from the growing season, and avoid those gluts!

The speedy guide to…succession sowing

And finally, I dusted off my bike and worked up a sweat looking at the benefits of working out, outside, rather that on the treadmill, for an Essentials Magazine feature.

Discover the benefits of working out, outside!

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