Monthly Archives: October 2016

Roots and soil condition

My enthusiasm for building hugel beds is on the wane. Psoriatic hands and heavy soil don’t go too well together. However, I woke up this morning and felt inspired to get the spade out. The sun helped. So, now hugel … Continue reading

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Academic comment on permaculture literature and claims

Rather than making comment on the specifics of the article I have read on the need for research into claims made by the permaculture movement, it seems appropriate to let readers interested in an academic perspective make up their own … Continue reading

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Where did the fennel come from?

About a week ago, I cut down the fennel (herb) after collecting the seeds for tea. I therefore thought that was the end of that.  But this evening, whilst gathering salad leaves I noticed a fennel plant amongst the cabbages … Continue reading

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Senshu onions

Having taken out the tomato plants which seemed to have been affected by blight the other day, there was now space for the compost bin to move and half the Senshu onions to go in. After the success of the onions … Continue reading

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I couldn’t help it!

Yesterday was spent on and around the North York Moors and even my daughter agreed it was a very good day out! The idea for the day had started with finding a star-gazing event at Sutton Bank. So, it seemed logical to find … Continue reading

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Dandelions with a difference

Dandelions. Hate them, love them? Destroy them, eat them? It was Leeds Light Night yesterday and one of the exhibits was a ‘field of dandelions’. Not the most environmentally friendly sort but they won’t be spreading their seeds at least.

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Big leaves and appropriate flowers

Today, I pulled another couple of tomato plants. Now, only the ones in pots remain. Whether or not the pots have anything to do with it, all the rest seemed to be on the road to blight, and the tomato … Continue reading

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