I still have to pinch myself when I write that, actually, as it didn’t start out that way at all. One day, more years ago now than I care to remember, I began growing a few peas and beans in the back garden, just to see if I could and as an antidote to a high-stress London life. I still remember my first harvest and the realisation that I could feed myself and my family with food far better than anything I could buy in the shops, and all through a hobby I’d already enjoyed for years. I couldn’t get enough of it.
Some years down the line, and my veg-growing is totally out of hand. From my tiny London back garden I graduated to an allotment; the allotment spilled over with vegetables, fruit and herbs and I jacked in the day job. Now I’m slowly carving a garden full of delicious, fragrant and fascinating plants out of an acre of former chalk quarry on the side of the Blackdown Hills, not far from Taunton.
And in between it all, I try to grab time at my desk to write about what I love the most in the world, for some of the country’s leading gardening magazines, newspapers and websites. They include The Garden, Gardeners’ World, The Guardian, Grow Your Own and the regular blog about kitchen gardening I write for online plant aficionados Crocus.
I also travel between gardening clubs in the south of England giving talks on my experiences working for the BBC at Chelsea, as well as various veg-growing topics: and I blog, a little fitfully but very enjoyably.
Please feel free to get in touch by email at sally (dot) nex (at) btinternet.com: I’m available for both writing commissions and talks. Do take a look round the rest of the website for details and for examples of my previous work.