Monthly Archives: April 2018

The hugel pot and other matters

It seems ages ago since I posted about my plan to create a mini hugel bed in a pot for a tomato plant. However, the day has come. I hope that the plastic sheet on top of the pot, weighed … Continue reading

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Saving in various ways

Yesterday, we took a bus along my route to work in order to investigate various outlets which I had viewed on my journeys to and from. One of these outlets was a secondhand furniture store, where I found a picnic … Continue reading

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Not vermicelli

Okay, I’ve used my car today, so clearly I’ve got a carbon footprint. At the same time, I’m feeling uplifted by one or two events which have taken place. First off, I took my latest finished book along to the … Continue reading

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Gearing up for summer

This year, I don’t intend to have as many pots in the house as I would have done in previous years. For a start, I’ve only got four tomato plants this time, although I could end up with a large … Continue reading

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Gardening fest

My daughter is on an extended sleepover at a friend’s house, which gives me ample time to focus on the latest MOOC I am doing. However, I need to take regular breaks in order to process all the information. Which … Continue reading

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Different kinds of mulch

Yesterday, I reported on the pine mulch round the rhubarb. Today, the post is about a less successful kind of mulch: homemade compost. When I moved the compost bin from the patch where I planted this year’s garlic, I left … Continue reading

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The crowning glory

Today has apparently been the hottest day in April for 70 years. Irrespective of statistics, it has certainly felt more like high summer than the rainy season. In fact, my soil is now bone dry. Never mind, the compost heap … Continue reading

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Citizen Science: Living Soils, Growing Food

This morning, I had a muscle spasm in my back, which was not only excruciatingly painful but caused me to collapse. So, that put paid to any major gardening activities, though it didn’t stop me sneaking out once or twice … Continue reading

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Seed balls

On Friday, I went to the national Permaculture Ambassadors conference in Birmingham. It is the first such event I’ve attended and from the moment I walked through the door, I was glad I’d made the effort to drive across country … Continue reading

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Monitoring the soil

I’ve just finished the MOOC offered by the Grow Observatory on soil monitors, such as the Smart Citizen Kit. At first, I wasn’t sure it would be worth my while either buying or making such a thing. After all, I … Continue reading

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