Yearly Archives: 2020

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Soul Food!

I rarely mention flowers as I concentrate on growing for the table but man does not live on brassicas alone. Some food for the soul.

Rejuvenate Your Potting Compost

With garden centres closed where to get potting compost? Rejuvenate old compost. A lesson from history as well that we can take heart in.

Allotment Questions about the virus lock down

I'm getting lots of questions about allotmenting in this situation. Too many to reply to individually, sorry. Hopefully this will answer most of them.

Virus Update, Allotments Open, Books & Tools

Some unexpected effects of the pandemic on allotment and home growers. Getting deliveries out for us and our partners.

3 Signs of Spring

Spring is here and I can prove it. Got the peas and broad beans planted but the bench space in the greenhouse has been occupied.

Growbag Waterer

Trying out the Hozelock growbag waterer. A wick based system which should give better results with a growbag.


Heeling in the Leeks

How to heel leeks in. This will free space for your other crops. The leeks will keep fresh and well for a few weeks after heeling in.

Coping with difficult times

We're social distancing as the government suggest. Our book sales will continue in the UK only, Progress on Dig for Victory

We’re all doomed!

The coronavirus is playing heavily on my mind. I don't want to spread despair and panic but neither should we be complacent.

Potatoes, Tomatoes & Preparation

Weather is still pretty terrible here, a lot of rain but potatoes planted in the polytunnel, tomatoes growing in the potting shed, greenhouse prepared.


Coping with the rain

All this rain we're having causes no end of problems for the gardener. Some suggestions to help.

River Flooding Drowning Cars

Awful Weather but Life Continues

Pretty grim weather, grow bag waterer and starting peas and beans under heat in the new greenhouse.

Sowing Peas

Time to start sowing

It's time to start some serious sowing and growing. Here's what I'm sowing now.

Sweetcorn Under Cloches in April

Growing Under Cloches

Prompted by a question from a reader,  a little article about cloches and their benefits for the home grower.

Strawy Manure

Mountains of Muck!

I've acquired a lot of sheep manure for the vegetable plots. This will keep me busy!

Grandson Eating a Carrot

Children & Food

Some thoughts about children and food, my grandson harvesting and cooking.

Vitavia Greenhouse

Greenhouses Survive Storm Brendan

Both greenhouses survived the storm, low maintenance bed under mulch, growing chicken feed.

Removing Sprouts from Seed Potatoes

The practice of removing all but two or three sprouts from a seed potato to produce larger tubers is well documented. The question is, does it work?

Propagators with Grow Lights

How High to Position Growlights

Growlights will certainly help you grow very early crops but where should they be placed for maximum benefit?

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