Monthly Archives: February 2018

Underneath the blanket

I’ve been watching the blackbirds come up to the rhubarb patch near the backdoor recently and each time rued the lack of camera to hand. They’ve been such a joy to watch as they scurry across the garden and head … Continue reading

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‘Jocund company’

Earlier this week, I introduced my students to Wordsworth’s poem ‘I wandered lonely as a cloud’. I had been introduced to it myself during the week of an English ‘A’ Level I did before transferring to French. I’d had a … Continue reading

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Time for biomass

It looks like inside the shed is damp. Not only did some of my produce go mouldy over the winter but the phacelia seeds I kept in there were soft rather than brittle when I took them out today. I … Continue reading

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Work begets work

I haven’t managed any work in the garden today but that’s because I finally got down to work in the house which I’ve been sitting on for some considerable time. The other day, some friends came round and I was … Continue reading

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Return of the wild garlic

This morning, I received an email from a foraging organisation which showed its excitement at the emergence of this year’s wild garlic. I therefore thought I had better pop outside to see if mine was showing through. Hurray – and … Continue reading

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Twisting and rocking

We’ve just had another battering of wind this weekend – and Saturday night I ended up outside after midnight, hunting round for the compost bin lid. I also noticed that the net tunnel over one stretch of broad beans had … Continue reading

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Beans in the propagator

Due to the activities of wildlife visitors to the garden, some of the broad beans I direct sowed last autumn will probably not produce. Fortunately, there were a few seeds left in the packet, so they have been sown in … Continue reading

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