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My garden suffers (like most) from Carrot Root Fly. Unprotected carrots just do not survive. Today I have sowed carrots in one of my raised beds and covered the whole bed with Enviromesh. Let's hope it works!…Continue
I think there is a Beekeeper file here but no matter.After a mild winter like this, the Quuen has been laying eggs since mid-winter Feb 2nd,and by the fifth month the hive may be in very good shape provided it is not too wet.A very good year to…Continue
I started planting broad beans in October with the intention of planting every few weeks thru to march. Somehow(unlike me) i have stuck to my plan. I have started them all off in the mini heated prop and then planted out.Ideally they should be…Continue
Started repotting my fuchsias last weekend, pleased that due to the mild winter most seem to have survived. As I started to tease out the old compost from the roots, out start falling vine weevil larvae. They are a real pest on fuchsias, as the…Continue
Several of the discussions on the forum recently have mentioned ponds, and their influence on the presence of beneficial wildlife. Some people may be thinking "I haven't got room for a pond in my little garden". I was certainly guilty of this until…Continue
King Seeds have many to choose from. Most can reach maturity within 45 days or can be used as cut and come again leaves.I like pak choi joy. It is the one with white stems very sweet and tasty I sow indoor and grow on under glass on sunny site. Continue
I pulled a couple of sticks of rhubarb today, not much but I've never had rhubarb in February before. Last year it was mid-May before I got any. Added to some chopped apple from the freezer it made a very tasty crumble.My only worry is that all this…Continue
There's quite a lot to think about when taking on a new allotment, especially if it's your first plot. Often, however, a year or two spent on a waiting list gives you time to think about what you want to plant and how you will tend your little piece of Eden. But when you get that call saying a plot is available, the time for decision and action suddenly arrives; what do you do first?
Here are my top tips for someone taking on allotment for the first time. I'm assuming (perhaps…Continue
Converting a garden from a "wild" garden to a highly cultivated one, can take years. I started about five years ago, and the way I am going, it will take me another five before I can put in an application to invite people in from time to time.
Some things are very satisfying, fruit trees being one.
I just discovered the name, in a hard copy tome, of an unusual yellow plant at the back door.
The Jerusalem Sage. It's a bush with a long flowering…Continue
Here's the alarming sight in my veg plot - it looks like a lawn, but no - that's where I left the ground uncovered over the winter. It's been so mild, none of the weeds died - and the grass has invaded! You can just see off to the left, where I covered another patch with cardboard - I only put one layer on,…Continue