Monthly Archives: November 2017

The stake

If like me you are into medieval history, the title for this post could be somewhat ambiguous. There is certainly a wooden post involved. However, it has quite a different use in my 21st century back garden. My dad had … Continue reading

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Leaves gone, branches gone

On Monday morning, the crab apple tree had four leaves at the very top. The wind got up and by lunch time, I could have given the tree a prune, except that I did the job this morning instead. The … Continue reading

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The birds love the mulch

When I recently moved the compost bin and planted garlic in the space where it had been, there was a thick layer of mulch left behind. Since this is one part of the garden which has so far received very … Continue reading

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Strawberries out, currants in

Last autumn, I decided not to plant out two blackcurrant bushes, as I needed to get the shed in first. However, this time round the only thing to hold me back was the strawberries, which were growing in the spot … Continue reading

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Determined to have parsnips

Yesterday, I shared with you the news that the roots of evening primrose may be like parsnips. And since parsnips are one of my favourite vegetables, it would be a shame to put the seeds I collected in the municipal … Continue reading

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An alternative to parsnips?

Parsnips don’t grow in my garden. Perhaps I haven’t tried hard enough. But if something is that difficult I might as well grow something else. Fortunately, evening primrose has none of the reticence exhibited by parsnips. It supposedly prefers full … Continue reading

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Fertilising the apple tree

Yesterday, as I was planting my newest apple tree, I reminisced about the other two and how they had much less goodness in their planting holes. I’m not sure this will have affected outcomes but the oldest of them, the … Continue reading

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