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weeding and reading tend to be alien to each other, though I do get some encouragement from reading about other gardensThe skill of keeping a bed weeded after you have done it for the first time is ridculously simple but due to laziness or…Continue
For quite a few years now, I have kept a garden diary. recording the weather, sowing and harvest times, successes and failures. I keep this going through the winter, and try and make an entry at least once a week. This year, I'm making a summary of…Continue
It would be really good if UKVG members could post photos and/or descriptions of the home-grown veg they will be eating with their Christmas Dinner - either before or after the event.This has to be the time of year when having your own home-grown…Continue
Sometimes it seems as if Trev Davies is the only one participating in this forum! (Hi Trev!). Seriously, if the UKVG forum is to have any appeal, it needs more input from its members, so please consider submitting some photos, blogposts, discussion…Continue
I am not keen on the hottest chilli, or even the second hottest in the world. But apparently it is what people prepare to pay big money for …Continue
I purchased a dozen "crowns" to discover that in fact they are plug plants which will need to be potted first to survive, and then repotted in this boldly claimed effective system of growbags.I am attracted to that method on account of bunny…Continue
Some of my questions may seem totally ridiculous but the question of root increase comparedwith branch increase exercises my thoughts at this time of year. I dont want to pull growing plants apart to find out. We talk a good deal about mycorhizome…Continue
If anyone has a Kindle then this is a hugely entertaining read, and will interest anyone into growing for show as well as anyone just after a good story. I was laughing out loud all the way through it. It's set around a village show and follows the…Continue
Has anyone else got itchy fingers and can’t wait for the new growing season to start again?!! In the meantime I keep busy with looking for my next choice of potatoes to grow. This year I just grew first earlies in bags. I grew Anya which was…Continue
i grow many veg of what i like to eat ,but last year i put a crown of rhubarb in so do i cover the crown completely or leave a bit of light i did cover fully but some leaves are starting to form underneath shall i cover more or leave it and hope the…Continue
I have not done much on the veg patch but here is my December round up.The Greenhouse needs cleaning but one son has the pressure washer so I will do that in the new year. Inside the greenhouse I have some carrots in a 30ltr tub, these may be ready in Feb 2015, as an experiment for Christmas lunch it failed. I have a tray of lettuce which will be ready soon although the row outside is still OK, no real frost yet.
I have three trays of Viola seedlings which continue to grow but they…Continue
another half hr digging today not much left ,the new back saver spade i bought last year has been worth every penny now i am not fit enough for a regular spade .i have spread manure over the top to winter in ,this year for the first time i have used the straw from some sheep pens from a farm down the road he offered me a manitou bucket full been standing for about 8 months so not rotted down quite enough by spring the weather and the worms should have done their job and it was free and…Continue
Recently I have been involved in the production of an exciting new e-book called "The Great British Cookbook", which is being sold in order to raise funds for two very deserving charities - Macmillan Cancer Support, and Hospitality Action. The book contains recipes for 50 Starters, 100 Mains and 50 Desserts. They all look absolutely amazing! There are also sections on a number of other related themes, like food production and suppliers.
I have represented the GYO community by…Continue
this year my veg seem to have gone mad beetroot like footballs ,parsnips gone down out of sight using a spade down the side to get them out must be about 2 foot long good eating but the tails are too long ,as for the sprouting it should be ready next year but most of it has flowered weeks ago and yes it is the late one i have tried eating it but does not taste right had big carrots this year i thought i had beaten the fly but no he has attacked with vengeance can,t wait to use enviromesh for…Continue
My garden is not big (about 10 x 10 metres or so), but I get a lot of produce from it. Recently some readers of my blog asked me to write about what I have been growing in it this year, so I have described it in this post:-