What’s Hot plus Five of the Best… aids to growing your own

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Artisan olive oil

The Artisan Olive Oil Company is now stocking Paolo Bonomelli’s award-winning extra virgin olive oils. Produced in Italy, Bonomelli’s oils have been given the accolade of best olive oil in the world, 2017, in three international competitions: Ovibeja, Evooleum and the International Olive Oil Council’s Mario Solinas Quality Award.

For further details, and for information on Artisan’s other products visit artisanoliveoilcompany.com

Moro’s 20th birthday

Launched in 1997 by the two Sams (Sam and Sam Clark), Moro, a restaurant specializing in Moorish and Spanish food dished up in a gloriously down to earth room (battered wooden floors, zinc-topped bar, bentwood furniture, open kitchen) in Clerkenwell is 20 years old this year. To celebrate, the Sams will be cooking from the original opening-day menu in June (Quail baked in flatbread with pistachio sauce, charcoal grilled lamb or sea bass, wood-roasted duck, yogurt cake, rosewater and cardomom ice cream…), as well as  hosting a series of Sunday Lunches  (3 courses from the original 1997 menu, plus an aperitivo and half a bottle of wine).

To book for lunch on 4, 11, 18 or 25 June contact info@moro.co.uk, 020 7833 8336, moro.co.uk

Bee Blocks

Large, small or brick-sized bee blocks will help encourage pollinating bees into your garden. Use them as stand alone bee apartments, or build the bricks into a wall

Garden bee blocks, from £20 available shop.nationaltheatre.org.uk


2634438315_78bdbb4ce4_bFive of the best… aids to growing your own

Flying Tiger

Although it’s also a flying certainty that the scissors will disappear in a matter of minutes, this handy herb pot and scissor-holder combo (£3) is a great idea for garden-free kitchens. Flying Tiger also provide seeds to grow (£1 for 2 packets)

Visit uk.flyingtiger.com

Garden and Wood

A seductive website featuring  antique vintage and old garden tools, garden furniture and garden ephemera

Visit gardenandwood.co.uk or email enquiries@gardenandwood.co.uk

Gardens in the wild

The  small but perfectly formed Herefordshire garden festival that specialises in wild gardens, wild flowers and meadows. Additional attractions: plant stalls and  barn suppers. Speakers include Anna Pavord, Mary Keen, Jinny Blom and Noel Kingsbury.

24-25 June, Whitfield Estate Hereford, visit gardensinthewild.org/gardens-in-the-wild-festival-events-17

Plant snap

The PlantSnapp app helps identify plants and then provides information on care, where and when to sow. And if, having identified your  mysterious piece of flora, you decide you want it in your garden, additional clever technology lets you buy it through the app from one of PlantSnapp’s HTA certified nurseries.

The PlantSnapp app is available from Apple only

The Jam Maker’s Garden by Holly Farrell

Recipes and jam-making advice for those who want to grow  their own fruit and veg, plus horticultural tips on sowing, growing, harvesting, foraging. Includes 50 recipes for jam, jelly, compotes, curds, chutneys, pickles, sauces, ketchups, syrups and cordials. By the author of Grow Your Own Cake (hollyefarrell.com).

The Jam Maker’s Garden is published by Frances Lincoln (£17.99)  in June