Yearly Archives: 2017

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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!

Walled Garden

Work Continues, Japanese Hoe, Long Handled Trowel

I'm trying a Japanese hand hoe and a British long handled planting trowel out, planting garlic and work continues on the new walled vegetable plot.

Seedlings in Geopod

Orchard Planting Finished, Germination, Storm

Finished planting up the orchard with 2 damsons, seeds germinating really well in the propagators and a massive storm blows and blows

Geopod Alight at Night in Shed

Sowing Starts in Earnest

Stormy weather, mending damaged propagators and sowing seeds ready for the new season. Making use of the growlights on the Geopod.

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Geopod Propagator Full

Sowing & Planting Starts

It may be early in the season but not too early with the polytunnel and propagators equipped with grow lights to start sowing and planting

Inside Polytunnel

Path Finished, Polytunnel Ready to Plant

Some good weather has let us get cracking - the polytunnel is ready to plant and the path to it is finished. Getting ready for the poultry

clouds in a blue sky

Fantastic Weather for Lots of Jobs

Taking advantage of the weather to crack on with jobs ready for next year. New path half way there, polytunnel coming along and loads of other jobs

Heritage Welsh Fruit Trees

Planting Heritage Welsh Fruit Trees

Planting out heritage Welsh fruit trees along with elderberries and yet more rowans. The crab apples seem a little small, so a year of pampered pot growing.

Costa Beaches under Snow

Courgette Shortage

Courgettes have vanished from our supermarket shelves due to the unusual cold weather in southern Spain and Italy. But is this really such a bad thing?

Chitting Potatoes

Potato Chitting Time

The seed potatoes are here and laid out in seed trays in the potting shed to start chitting. With first earlies at least it gets them off to a flying start

Path Vegetable Garden

New path through the vegetable garden

Laying a new path using concrete slaps through the vegetable plot to the polytunnel. Less of a death trap than the slippy pieces of slate it replaces.

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