Category Archives: forest garden

Expecting it to be green…

On Sunday, I decided to take the plunge and use some of the fat hen (Chenopodium album L.) seeds I had collected from the garden in a loaf of bread. Of course, I forgot to soak the seeds beforehand but … Continue reading

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Boxes full

Yesterday evening, I picked up three boxes of glass jars from a grateful lady in North Leeds. Since her husband had stopped driving, she had built up quite a collection in the garage and would undoubtedly have loved me to … Continue reading

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It is what it’s supposed to be

As the apples on my daughter’s tree were falling off in September, I asked her to pick them before they were all lost. They were on the small side, or rather they were much smaller than the one we sampled … Continue reading

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One cane many fruit

Never having grown raspberries before, I had no idea how many fruit I would get this year from the one cane my mum gave me for my birthday. I’m not sure I’ve ever picked them at the farm where I … Continue reading

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Ripe enough?

Do you have difficulty deciding when crops are ripe enough to pick? As a general rule, yes I do, except in the case of fruits such as raspberries and strawberries. A case in point is the fat hen which decided … Continue reading

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Harvesting begins

One minute the fennel seeds seemed not to be ripe, the next moment they were starting to fall off the plants. Now, I don’t want my garden to be full of nothing but fennel and I think a herbalist might … Continue reading

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Collecting runners

Earlier in the year there was an advert on Freegle requesting strawberry plants or runners. I replied to offer some of my runners in the autumn and today I duly dug out a bagful, ready for their recipient tomorrow. The … Continue reading

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Out with the step ladders

I had been thinking of allowing the birds to eat all the crab apples but when I saw there were some huge apples at the top of the tree I just had to help myself to them. And for the … Continue reading

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A gooseberry bush

With it being warm weather, in spite of the recent rain I felt there was no harm in giving the pots and the compost bin a watering from the water I’ve used today to clean one of the sheep’s fleeces … Continue reading

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A bee for my apples

Before I start my post proper, I would like to report that I have been able to make a partial fix of the comments function on my blog. It seems that WP has introduced a new piece of software for … Continue reading

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