Monthly Archives: December 2018

Last garden bash for 2018

I can’t believe it is the end of the year. And after about a month of work on the pond, it is still not finished. However, I feel real progress was made today and I’m sure I will sleep well … Continue reading

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Raspberries in December

After an hour’s digging this morning, it was time to hit the sales in Leeds. Well, to get a new kettle, to be precise. This gave me the opportunity to have a wander through the sustainability garden at work, which … Continue reading

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Boxing Day home and away

This Christmas, the weather seems to have been particularly gloomy but I was determined to make the best of it. Thus, the first item on my list was to have a look round Rufford Park in Nottinghamshire. I think we … Continue reading

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A Christmas trip round the world

I wouldn’t say I’ve managed to get round the entire world today but I’ve made a good start. Hopefully, before too long I will be able to start filling my garden with some of the perennial plants listed in Stephen … Continue reading

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Just pungent or rotting ?

The pot where the wild garlic was being stored, after its removal from the original bed (in order to get rid of ground elder and in readiness for the day lilies), didn’t have big enough drainage holes in it. Thus, … Continue reading

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Carbon sequestration and compost

I could have been wrapping Christmas presents but with my half day’s annual leave I decided to take advantage of a lull in the rain – the sun even came out! – to get out in the garden. Years ago, … Continue reading

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The antidote to transcribing

It probably was a good move to work from home today, considering how much concentration is needed for transcribing a discussion. At work itself, I normally have to snatch a few minutes here and there – and then I can’t … Continue reading

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Thank goodness for some depth

In case you’ve somehow missed the following information: my soil is very thin. So, making a hole big enough for my last apple tree felt like too much of a challenge and didn’t happen. Actually, it didn’t happen for the … Continue reading

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The Great British Bean

Ever heard of Hodmedod’s? I discovered this company at the wonderful Hunters of Helmsley, which was selling British-grown fava beans in what appeared to be non-plastic packaging. Moving forward, I eventually got round to looking at the Hodmedod website and … Continue reading

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Another project – a slightly raised bed

You might wonder why I’ve embarked on another project when the pond is as yet waiting upon completion. Well, this new project ties into the whole because I need to do something with the soil mountain which has piled up … Continue reading

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