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Hi! I’m Sel, I live in Belgium and I love gardening. I am a bit of a hybrid: British, with some Mesopotamian heritage from my Mum, some Lancastrian blood from my father, a childhood spent between England and the Middle East, and now, a life in Belgium, of all places! I feel a bit like one of those plants, picked up by a curious Victorian plant-hunter on travels to faraway lands, cross-bred and now growing just fine in a garden in northern Europe. Well, missing the sun a bit maybe! I have a tendency to be nostalgic, so that’s why I’m ‘the nostalgic gardener’.

My garden is a mid-sized town garden on the edge of Brussels, bordering onto the wonderful beech trees of the Foret de Soignes. I love to grow fruit, veg and herbs; encourage wildlife; garden sustainably; play around with plants in the hope of finding that winning combo every now and then; keep chickens (three Pekin bantams – great for gardens as they aren’t too destructive!) and that sort of thing.

I’m so crazy about plants that I’ve decided to up my game and do some horticultural training. I’m currently studying with the RHS (the UK’s Royal Horticultural Society) for their Certificate in Horticulture. I also teach a series of workshops on growing plants and veg – because gardening is such fun that it needs to be shared! Covid-induced lifestyle changes have had the happy consequence of making many more people interested in getting more out of their green space, however small that might be – so if that’s you, and you’d like to learn more (and you live in Belgium) then you can sign up right here.

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