Yearly Archives: 2018

grazing ruminants

Thinking About Climate Change

Following on from unusual weather, some thoughts on climate change and the report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC)

Compost Delivery

Compost Mountain Arrives!

We've had a load of compost. When I say a load I mean a LOAD! Ten tonnes of compost delivered in the biggest trailer I've ever seen.

Large Black Russian Tomatoes

18 oz Black Russian Tomato! Greenhouse Clearing

A pair of huge, delicious Black Russian heritage tomatoes on a single truss surprise me, de-leafing the tomatoes and starting to clear the greenhouse

Expanse Ganymede Prax

Farmer in the Sky – Growing in Space!

My childhood dream of becoming a farmer in space is getting near to reality for some as NASA experiment with growing food on the International Space Station

Leeks Chickweed

Leeks, Lettuce & Lumberjacking

Leeks doing well, but is it a new method or just the wonderful summer? Pruning panic growth from the trees and trouble with the shredder.

Tomatoes Cucumbers

Autumn Blues

Getting a bit down with autumn but looking at the harvest and processing the crops to store for the rest of the year. Even fallen leaves are useful.


Using Woodchips in Allotment & Garden

How best to use woodchips on a vegetable plot or allotment. Woodchips are a really useful resource but you need to use them properly for best effect.

Tomato Glut

Tomato Glut, Comfrey Cut & Time for Bed

Blight hits the outdoor tomatoes but we've a glut from the greenhouse crop. The comfrey bed is cut for the compost heap. Putting the raised beds to sleep.

Snow Norway Skigard Fencing

I thought I had it tough!

I moan about our weather but this market gardener has it really tough. She manages 2500 square metres, 600 metres above sea level with a 3 month season

Black Russian Sungold Tomatoes

Tomatoes Galore – 2018 Tomato Crop Results So Far

The tomato crop is still coming in but the results are fairly clear for 2018. This year I've grown 7 varieties; in the greenhouse, polytunnel and outdoors.

Carrots Swamped Chickweed

Sacrificial or stale seed beds

Sacrificial or stale beds are an old but effective method of getting seeds growing weed free. They're very simple and easy to do.

Optigrow seeds comparison

Better Germinating Seeds!

Fothergills introduce a primed seed range under the name Optigrow which offer better and faster seed germination and stronger seedlings.

Jumbo Peppers

Peppers, Potatoes & Brassicas

Giant Jumbo Peppers if not many of them, cabbages survive the caterpillar hordes in the net tunnel and potato harvesting results.

Drying Florence Onions

The Good, The Bad & The Ugly

A bit of a mixed bag on the plot. Some things are doing really well but not everything is perfect on the plot which is the bad.

Greenhouse Shading Removed

Normal Welsh Summer Resumes

The weather is back to normal now; cool, overcast, drizzle and rain with the odd few minutes of sunshine. Still lots to do when we can.

Greenhouse Interior

Greenhouse Gluts & Improving the Soil

The greenhouse crops are amazing this year, loving the hot sunny weather. Reducing surplus plants and improving the soil in polytunnel and greenhouse.

Hot Weather Nasa

There may be trouble ahead..

This heatwave and the drought has been causing problems for farmers and growers across the northen hemisphere from California to Japan.

Carrot Bed Covered with Fleece

More Market Garden Experiments

I've been taking some tips from market gardeners to see how helpful they are for home growers like me. I think it's fair to say that as we get older we become set in our ways so trying out new ways of growing helps keep the brain young too!

30 inch beds

New Beds – Market Gardening Methods

I've been looking at how the current generation of small farmers and market gardeners are doing things in the hope of learning a few tricks. Considering a new bed size.

Aubergine Tomatoes

Aubergines, Salads, Weather Changes

The weather changes with a drop of rain, aubergines ripening as are the Ailsa Craig tomatoes and planting out lettuce in containers.

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