Yearly Archives: 2023

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For Peat’s Sake. The Peat Ban

Peat is to be banned for home growers next year. Is it justified and does it make sense? From the evidence, I don’t believe it does.

From Squash to Strawberries

Preparing for squash, runner beans poor, sweetcorn seedlings, gooseberry sawfly attacks jostaberries and strawberries ripen.

Commercial grower with potting compost

Problems with Coir Based Compost Growing Medium

With a ban looming for peat based composts, home growers are increasingly trying out coir based composts. Many are hitting problems.

Cauliflower Growing

Yes we have new potatoes!

New potatoes arrive, delicious cauliflower, peas and brassicas. Climbing beans, grass much improved and watching the farmer fertilise fields.

Buying in Plants

Just some thoughts about buying in plants instead of growing from seed. Sometimes it makes more sense to buy in young plants.

Strawberries, Spuds, Cucumbers, Sowing

It’s been an enjoyable, productive and busy week, both outside and in the potting shed, polytunnel and greenhouses.

Fruit Trees in Blossom

Tomatoes, Fruit Trees, Brassicas, Composting

Greenhouse tomatoes planted in border, fruit trees in heavy blossom, brassicas planted out and a Garden Tiger Moth woolly bear caterpillar!

Tea Bags

I did a little research on using tea leaves from spent tea bags in the garden bearing in mind the use of plastic in tea bag production

Greenhouse Preparations, Scarifying, Feeding Grass

Greenhouse border refreshed ready to plant. Grass areas scarified and fed to reduce the moss that was swamping it.

Tomatoes Planted in Quadgrows

Nutrigrow Vs. S-Chelate Comparison #1

Comparing S-Chelate 12 Star with Nutrigrow fertilisers in continuous feed systems like wicking pots and hydroponic systems.

Wood Chip Mulching Trees

Trees, Fruit, Potatoes, Onions.

Saturday was absolutely lovely here, blue skies and sunshine, so a chance to get ahead on some of the outside jobs.

Vitavia Greenhouse Refurbishment

I’ve finished refurbishing the Vitavia greenhouse. Hopefully it will continue giving good service for many years to come despite the storms

Bay Tree

Potato Planting, Mowing & Cleaning

Planting potatoes in front of the brassica tunnel, greenhouse glazing and washing, bay tree bed planted and parsley.

Plot on Mundford Road Allotments Thetford

Council Threat to 150 yr old Allotment Site

Thetford council are considering displacing 138 allotment holders at Mundford Road to build on. The plot holders are not happy.

Tomatoes in Vitopod Propagator

Brassicas, Tomatoes, Rent Victory

Brassica seedlings awaiting better weather, tomatoes needing more headroom as they grow and a victory for allotment holders,

Nutrigrow Replacement

Nutrigrow Replacement Fertiliser

I have found a Nutrigrow replacement fertiliser which is actually better and easier to store and use, Bumper crops with less hassle!

Brassica seedlings

Potting On

Bad weather doesn't stop me from getting on in the potting shed. Brassicas doing particularly well and the tomatoes aren't bad either.

Geopod Propagator with Grow Lights

Cold Snap, Cabbage, Germination, Grow Lights

Cold snap and snow arrive, seedlings germinating and doing well in the heated propagators. Grow lights in action again.

Seeds in Propagator

Sowing Starts, Cold Snap, Food Shortages

Started sowing under heat in the propagators. North wind doth blow and we will have snow. Farmers warning about food supply problems.

Hatfield Allotment Plot

300% Allotment Rent Hike Shock!

Allotment holders in Hatfield are facing a 300% price hike on the rent. The council tells them rents will treble this year.

May 2023

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