Dig For Victory; Monthly Guides & Commentary
Getting as much done as possible in the heatwave. Sowing, harvesting and cultivating before it gets too hot.
Generally things are looking pretty good on the plots despite being a bit behind this year. I blame the weather.
Do the new ferrous phosphate organic slug pellets work as well as the old metaldehyde slug pellets? Answering the question.
The weather's a bit like the curate's egg - good in parts! Getting on with things when the weather permits, some of the highlights.
Some thoughts on the benefits and pitfalls of using chemicals in the garden plot. Plus a bit of advice on using them
Summer Solstice. A little explanation and a few thoughts and observations on the longest day of the year.
We're planting out the pumpkins and squashes that I've grown in pots in the sheltered environment of the greenhouse.
The dripline watering system is running well now I've got it worked out,. Polytunnel is being very productive. Mixing my own fertiliser.
Experimenting with making an ultra low-cost wicking pot system for tomatoes, peppers, cucumbers etc.
Answering a question about whitefly and a problem from using weed and feed on the lawn grass.
Now the weather has turned and we're getting on with things outside. Harvesting has started! Kilos of lovely strawberries.
I've had my Mantis Tiller serviced, which was expensive but worth it. They're a great machine, lightweight and versatile but a few problems.
I've lost my touch with peppers so I've bought some rather fine plants from the garden centre. Oh the shame!
Sweetcorn getting planted, tomatoes in the greenhouse and polytunnel borders and very soon new potatoes for the table.
Despite the poor weather and my bad back, getting some tasks sorted.
Installing dripline watering systems into the polytunnel. Planting out tomatoes undercover despite the cool weather. Back problems.
An experiment started in 1879 is showing how long weed seeds can remain viable for in the ground. The results are surprising.
Slugs and snails, words to bring fear to any gardener's heart! It's been a good year in the endless slug war so far but warm wet weather is ideal for the slimy devils. What to do?
Flowers occupying the bench, brassica planting, micronutrients, rampaging rabbits and silly mistake with the peppers.
Too dry, we need rain! Lots going on outside, planting enough lettuce to feed a rabbit warren.
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