Monthly Archives: July 2017

Our smaller friends

I’m having trouble with my back door. Before, it wouldn’t lock – now it is the opposite. However, whilst struggling to get it open yesterday, I saw a Red Admiral on the ‘patio’, which made the episode less frustrating. There … Continue reading

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My first raised bed

This morning was one of those times when I was so glad of my garden to take away internal anguish. A chance question by a friend’s mum left me in a state of disarray last night – but fortunately, I … Continue reading

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Caraway

What is your favourite type of bread? Mine is pumpernickel but I can’t get the ingredients to make that and my bread maker would probably struggle, anyway. However, it does do a decent wholemeal rye – as demonstrated by how … Continue reading

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Longing for rosemary

Four of my rosemary seeds germinated and I duly potted them on. Then one of these seedlings went brown and died. On the windowsill that works, of all places. The two seedlings I put in the shed are doing okay, … Continue reading

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I don’t think it’s seakale

I got a second wind at dusk – had already removed a number of poppies during the day and decided to more or less finish off the job later. There is a final tomato plant to put in the ground … Continue reading

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Headless no more!

If one of my hugel beds seems to have disappeared, another I built more recently certainly hasn’t. Besides, it is clearly a good place to grow, although whether that is because of the wood or just what would be happening … Continue reading

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Where has all the wood gone?

After another wait for rain, I was able to plant the remaining two cucurbits this afternoon. It still wasn’t great for digging a hole deep enough but at least I didn’t wish I had a pneumatic drill. I had, however, … Continue reading

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Heat and hugelculture 

The other day, newly grown chard on a hugel bed I built earlier in the year looked like this: Never before have I known chard to wilt, let alone be prostrate. Now, it has been warm and dry but I … Continue reading

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The melon 

For weeks, I’ve been waiting for a female flower to open on the melon plants. Perhaps they did but I simply missed them… However, whilst doing the morning watering just now, at last I saw a healthy looking ovary with … Continue reading

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The mint hideout

I’m slowly working my way through the poppies…. breaks my heart to chop them down when there are still so many buds on them. However, I vowed I wouldn’t let them take over too much space after the tomato fail … Continue reading

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