Yearly Archives: 2018

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Cherry Tree Polytunnel

Growing Undercover

For most people a greenhouse or a polytunnel are a great bonus. They really help the grower but they're not necessary. Growing where with high winds at our 200m altitude and exposed position dropping the temperature, without a greenhouse and a tunnel what I could grow would be severely limited.

Brassica Tunnel Storm Damage

Things go a bit wrong

I wish I was one of those TV gardeners. Drop the seed in the hole, stand back and cut to a magnificent plant. Unfortunately I'm just human and things go wrong. Plans look great on paper and then the weather changes against us or life just gets in the way.

Sowing Peas

Sowing Peas Indoors A New Method

Being as we're having such a cold spring, I thought I'd get my peas started inside to get a head start. I'm using a new method I was shown with some tweaks of my own.

Peppers Tomatoes Vitopod

Finally Spring, Catching Up

I've not posted for a bit because I've been too busy catching up with things outside now the weather has improved. Still chilly but things are moving on now.

Blue Sky

The Beast is Back

What a start to the season this is turning out to be. The week started with some lovely weather, blue skies and sunshine, but finished with the wind whistling over the frozen tundra of Wales as the 'Beast from the East' returned.

Parsnip Seedlings Rootrainers

Snow Again, Parsnips Successfully Germinated

Well things were starting to warm up and the weather forecast was for some sleet overnight so it was a bit of a shock to wake up to a white world again on Thursday. The parsnips are up and look to be doing really well

Propagators in Greenhouse

Sowing Plan for March 2018

When the 'Beast from the East' Siberian weather plunged us into deep midwinter, my February sowing plan collapsed. So the March sowing plan has been revised to take into account what didn't get sown to plan in February. Also long range weather forecast is for a colder than usual March.

View from Chicken Run

Snow & Storm

The cold and snow was bad enough but the final straw was the storm. The good news is that the polytunnel and greenhouse survived intact. The bad is not everything survived intact.

Microgreen Mixed Salad Leaves

Germination, Microgreens & Broad Beans

I've grown some microgreens from seeds with a sow by date of 2011 which is pretty amazing. You never know for sure with seeds. Broad beans - from sowing to seedling in just 3 days, which was a surprise to me.

Charity Volunteers Barclays

Gardening Hope for the Homeless

Northampton Charity - Hope are using gardening to help people lift themselves out of poverty and homelessness. Robin Burgess of Hope explains their work and aims.

Hispi Transplanted into Pots

Sowing – Changes to Plan

Sowing and planting started now. Some changes to the plan on second thoughts. Plans are a useful frame but don't get tied up by them.

Greenhouse in the Snow

Snow Surprise

Tuesday was supposed to have heavy rain but forecasts mean nothing to the weather gods who decided to dump a load of snow on us.

Clean Tidy Greenhouse

In the Potting Shed, Broad Beans, Setting up the Greenhouse

Spending time in the shed whilst the weather is wild, greenhouse ready for action and starting off broad beans in pots inside the propagator.

Snow Greenhouse

Cleaning the Greenhouse, Snow, Parsnip Sowing

Getting the greenhouse ready for the new season despite the freezing weather. The snow arrives, goes away and then sneaks back in the night. A new article on getting parsnips to germinate.

Planning Calendar

Sowing Plan for February 2018

My seed sowing plan for February 2018. A detailed plan of what to sow, how it is being sown and which week I plan on sowing.

Sluggo Ultra Slug and Snail Killer

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Cold Frames

Cold Frames Ready

2 coldframes, a bargain buy, constructed and modified to cope with our high winds. Set them up on the old greenhouse base.

polytunnel under snow

Polytunnels With Snow

I'd like to share a video from Richard Perkins who sustainably farms in Sweden where he discusses the benefits of a good polytunnel in a cold, snowy winter

Sorting Seeds

Sorting Seeds & Potting Shed Problem

I've been sorting out my seeds ready for the new season and trying to use very old 'stock' for microgreens. Hit a problem with the potting shed as well.

Cat and Compost Heap

How Much Compost Do You Need?

I show how to calculate the ideal compost requirement for a vegetable plot in both metric and imperial measure. It's more than you might think.

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