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For the first time in I don't know how many years I have very little left on the plot for the Christmas dinner. A few dozen skinny leeks and some rather undeveloped swedes. Oh, and beetroot, but I'm not sure how beetroot will fit in with turkey,…Continue
Most gardeners I know have been reporting that 2016 has been a very challenging year. We are told that it has been the hottest year since records began in the 19th Century. Certainly where I live (NE Hants), the Autumn was unusually mild, allowing…Continue
Last year I got 3 red chillies out of dozens of plants growing in the green house. This summer I put all the chilli plants outside and brought half of the plants back to the green house mid September. To my amazement, most of the chillies outside…Continue
I want to grub up a row of old summer raspberry canes and replant new ones. Can I replant in the same place-I have no other possible place for them so please say yes! Is it a hard job to dig the old canes out? Any advice? When is the best time to…Continue
I've just put down some senshyu onion sets in between my leeks and brussels. Just realised, though, that once the leeks and sprouts are done, I ought to dig over the patch, but these onions will be in the way!! Would I be able to take them up one by…Continue
Never had this before but my current crop of leeks has grown up...and up....and up but all the plants are refusing to put on any girth. The result is about 60 very tall and thin leeks which are very susceptible to wind damage. I've grown the same…Continue
We got our potatoes up in a few sessions over the last few weeks, and today when I was putting some of the latest ones into one of the earliest bags I found that some of them have already gone rotten. Can anyone tell me why?Typically, we dig them…Continue
I have been picking the brains of the Ukveggardener experts for a good three years now, but family events earlier in the year, lead me to Andalucia for the winter months, hopefully, to avoid the worst of the British weather.
Perhaps I should report my progress or lack of it, during this year. I am basically a fruit grower. I am going to pick chestnuts in Spain soon,but my enthusiasm for apples, pears, and grapes also is unabated. I got three grafted vines from Vic, last year, but…Continue
The recent blast of inferno-like conditions has hit us at a rather handy moment, as we've hoiked up all that remained of our autumn-planted allium crops and got them in the shed drying out. From past experience, autumn-planted onions don't store anything like as well as their spring-planted counterparts…
For those who were waiting for Flaming June and feel cheated by the soggy June we just had, fret no more. There has never been a Flaming June month in UK and will never be. You get a couple of hot days or one week of sunny days here and there during British summer, that's all !
Disappointing weather aside, there is one vegetable that will never disappoint and…Continue
It’s June, the weather is warming, there’s been plenty of rain (!) and the rhubarb is looking on top of the world. From the small knuckles of underground potential, huge forests have grown in a few short weeks and now, in a Jurassic corner of the…Continue