today I got the chainsaw out & started taking down 20 year old leylandii in order to allow more light into the polyT. Planted them as 2' trees & kept them at a height of around 8'. Put the polyT up about 5 years ago, no option but to put it on the north side of the leylandii hence sun restriction. The trunks will be saved for the wood burner. Half job done today, 2nd half tomorrow.…Continue
Added by Robert on November 24, 2013 at 21:18 — No Comments
Since my move to the new house,the wife has been working me like a dog,so I haven't been doing…Continue
Added by Blicky on November 23, 2013 at 19:30 — No Comments
As I type these words the rain is teeming down outside against a darkened backdrop of utter gloom. In the "news", that fine upholder of the British tradition of talking utter tosh to anyone within earshot that is The Daily Express is predicting apocalyptic scenes of snow-laden Armageddon. That's right people, winter's here. …
Added by Sussexmouse on November 19, 2013 at 16:41 — No Comments
In my quest for recipes using Chestnuts from the Sweet Chestnut tree, I came across this Chestnut and Butternut Squash recipe from the Good Food magazine. It ticks all the boxes, as far as I’m concerned, as I’m researching and stockpiling as many recipes as I can for when my Sweet Chestnut tree hopefully produces masses of those sweet nuts.
OK, I know it could be a long wait, as I haven’t yet planted one! But I can practice using Merchant Gourmet packaged or tinned ones, or even…
Added by Angela Strid (Astrid on Website) on November 17, 2013 at 5:57 — No Comments
I'm not a greedy gardener and don't mind sharing what I produce with the local wildlife, some of it, anyway. This year there has been enough for all of us and I was happy to let the birds have all the cherries as I was far too busy harvesting bush fruit to worry about climbing a ladder for yet more fruit.
The autumn rasps are still producing like mad but, to be honest, there's only so much you can eat and store so I've decided to leave what's left of the crop for…
Added by Colin Robinson on November 12, 2013 at 20:02 — No Comments
A review of the first summer growing veg in my polytunnel.
I LOVED IT!Continue
A suitably crisp autumnal day off work, and the first visit to the plot in nearly a month. If we were still in the midst of summer, I'd have been filled full of guilty trepidation at the prospect of the weed-fest our neglect would have dealt us. At this time of year however growth has slowed down to comparative slow motion which, after the…Continue
Added by Lee James on November 5, 2013 at 15:30 — No Comments
for years I have driven past this shed & nissen hut watching it slowly crumble. Often thought about the folk who worked the land & used these old buildings over the years. Tough times & tough people no doubt. Also thought about photographing it, once gone that's that etc but never got round to it.…Continue
Cooking with Chestnuts begins with researching how to eat and cook with Sweet Chestnuts. I have come across all sorts of articles and facts, so before we get to the recipes, here are some important points about choosing, preparing and cooking your Sweet Chestnuts, and interesting ideas on what to do with them. With thanks to The Epicurean Table, …Continue