Another load of woodchips and how I use them. Burning pallets, fishing out nails. Leeks - progress report and mulching. A comfrey conundrum.
It's not that there is a lack of job, it's a lack of time when the weather isn't horrible. Sadly I can't garden in the gales, easily.
You have to be an optimist to garden or farm. We pop seeds in the ground and hope they'll germinate. Sometimes we win but not always and today I lost.
I've just bought some Siberian Pea Tree (Siberian Peashrub) - Caragana arborescens seeds to grow as a productive, nitrogen-fixing windbreak hedge.
I've found a brilliant book on mushroom growing that tells you all you need to know. From home growing to actually building a small scale mushroom business.
The trees are losing their leaves as autumn progresses. In the polytunnel things are moving along well. Christmas potatoes looking good for earthing up.
A great tip for handling your tomatoes at the end of the season and some thoughts on the future of agriculture and food which is coming quickly.
The weather continues to be variable but I can always play in the polytunnel. Thinking about what to grow next year - globe artichokes are possible.
Keeping undercover with the poor weather - 3 shocks in the polytunnel, planting out winter crops as the summer closes.
Reviewing the autumn harvest so far and how to cope with the surplus produce. Especially crops like cucumbers that are difficult to store for later use.
If tomato blight hits you need to act immediately to save your crop. Here's 17 recipes to to use up those ripe and green tomatoes quickly.
Started harvesting potatoes and yet another moan about the lack of chemical controls legally available to the average gardener
I took a cut off the comfrey some of which was used as the activator in a new compost heap and a cheap new gadget that helps make compost.
A quick report on my polytunnel harvest which is going well. From carrots to sweetcorn, the tunnel is so productive.
My last post about potato blight turned into an article rather than a diary entry so I didn't even touch on the rest of the plots This is the catch-up post!
We've got potato blight but have nothing to fight it with. legally, at least. Lack of chemicals for home growers creates a black market.
Our efforts to improve the local environment and increase bio-diversity are beginning to show results but with some unexpected consequenses
When things go wrong, just get back on the horse and carry on. Harvest starting to come in thick and fast
There's a Yiddish proverb, “Man plans, God laughs” and it's been very apt this week. I'll explain what's gone pear shaped to steal another phrase.
A visit to Tyn Y Nant Forest Garden Centre at Llanfihangel Glyn Myfyr. A nursery based on the gift economy where the plants are free.
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