Monthly Archives: May 2017

Castle amongst the strawberries

I noticed last year the first signs of lupins – presumably moved over from my neighbour’s. However, there were no flowers…… and the ones I’d sown myself didn’t come to much either. Sadly, my neighbour’s own patch is seriously depleted … Continue reading

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Yesterday, whilst collected chive flowers, I noticed a bumblebee feeding on them, too. Only this one didn’t flit about. It was like a statue. On one flower for as long as it took me to collect two tubfuls and run … Continue reading

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To weed or not to weed 

Since the rains last week, phacelia and poppies have shot up out of seemingly nowhere. They are smothering the onions and getting very cosy with the broad beans. The question of whether or not to remove them has therefore arisen. … Continue reading

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The benefit of stones in the garden

One activity we have done on the MOOC about soil recently is to measure the amount of stones in our own parcel of land. Fortunately, my soil is pretty free of them, so they aren’t restricting root growth or increasing … Continue reading

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The biggest magnet for insects

Yesterday, I was pleased to get a few more plants potted on. It looks like temperatures are warming up and it won’t be long before tender crops can be going in the garden. Of course, in this activity there is … Continue reading

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Not even hardened off yet

I’ve finished Week Two of my MOOC on soil early, so I’m a little lost. That said, there is plenty of observing of my own to do in the garden.  Every time I go past the apple tree, I have … Continue reading

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The results are in

Earlier in the week, I did a practice soil test with material from the front garden. The result for this was that the A-Horizon (top soil) was something like sandy loam but I felt certain my B-Horizon (sub-soil) was some … Continue reading

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