Yearly Archives: 2017

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Beans Sweetcorn

Chill Out in the Heatwave

Trialling some interesting supplements, coping with a heatwave and adding to the straw mulch around the potatoes with grass clippings.

New Potatoes

Cats, Sheep, Potatoes, Water & Air

The joys of cats in the greenhouse, sheep in the polytunnel and potatoes on the plate plus keeping things wet and cool.

Strawberry Troughs

Tomatoes, potatoes & strawberries

Strawberry troughs on the stand sorted out, potatoes almost ready to start harvesting in the tunnel and tomatoes starting up the strings in the greenhouse.

Welsh Cherry Tree Cariad

Welsh Cherry Tree in Polytunnel

Planted a Welsh cherry tree in the tunnel, moved the leeks on and the sheep deny eating the rowan saplings.


Polytunnel Temperatures

I've been measuring the temperatures in the polytunnel and discovered just how high it can shoot up to in the morning sunshine.

Bardsey Apple in Flower

Back Online, Computer Repaired

Finally got the computer back after it exploded but my time offline has been put to good use.

Propagators with Grow Lights

What is even better than a Vitopod?

A bit of a trick question - there are 2 answers! Looking at the improvements in the Ultimate Vitopod.

Organised Polytunnel

Playing & Polytunnel

Regenerative farming, organising the polytunnel and writing magazine articles

Walled Vegetable Plot

Progress on the Plot

Some beautiful weather has given me the chance to get a lot done outside. It's easy to forget it's early spring and not midsummer.

change of mind

Changing My Ways

As we get older we get stuck in our ways and on that basis I must be getting younger! The fact is I've had to change quite a few of my ways recently.

Spring in the Garden

Get out in the Garden: Spring jobs to be doing around the garden

The sun is shining, the birds are chirping and the trees are beginning to bloom which can only mean it’s time to resurrect your garden.

Texel Sheep

Keeping Ahead in Good Weather

A few days of good weather and we're getting ahead with the jobs. The Texels are back so we know spring is definitely here.

Propagator Thermostat

Cheap Thermostat Control for Propagators

A cheap Chinese thermostat controller for my propagators - but does it do the job? Sowing a new leek developed by champion grower and moving the peppers on

Spring Daffodils

Spring Equinox

From now, spring or vernal equinox, until the autumn equinox the days will be longer than the nights in the Northern Hemisphere.

Sheet Composting

Progress on the Plot

The weather has been on and off but we've made a fair bit of progress on the plot. Things are moving faster now and we're looking forward to a good season.

Digging New Plot

Re-thinking No-Dig Systems

Some thoughts on no-dig versus digging as rain halts double digging of the new veg plot. Sowing broad beans and bunching spring onions.

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Geopod with Lights On

Geopod Propagator with Grow Lights & Storm Doris Cleanup

Looking at my new Geopod propagator, how much does it cost to run horticultural lights and is it worth it. Plus the aftermath of Storm Doris

Storm Doris

Storm Doris Hits

We've survived storm Doris with very little damage but it was a close run thing with the greenhouse which I thought I was going to lose at one point.

Mystery Potatoes

Mystery Amazing Potatoes

A seed potato fell under the bench. A year later it was planted out into pots and amazingly not only did it grow but also produced some tubers!

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