Category Archives: Gardening

No let-up!

If you are in the U.K., you may be forgiven for thinking this post is a moan about the incessant rain. However, as it appears to be doing my garden some good – ah, the sandy loam is coming into … Continue reading

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Not the only one who can’t tell the time

Yesterday, I came out of class at 1, thinking it was 12. I then missed a meeting, turning up an hour late because I thought it was 1:30 when, in fact, it was 2:30. Feeling a bit of numpty, I … 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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In order to see the soapwort…

I cleared away the rocket growing around it. I had somehow not expected the soapwort to have flowers. I’d been thinking purely in terms of its potential as an alternative to soap. However, soap which also flowers seems a good … Continue reading

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The ups and downs of the tomato plants

Earlier in the summer, I reported that my tomatoes were struggling. Then the plant in the pot near the pond leapt ahead and is now laden with tomatoes. Unfortunately, it has been somewhat neglected and apart from being parched it … Continue reading

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Where’s the vigour then?

When I bought my pond plant in order to oxygenate the water, I was warned that it might take over and I think it is even banned in Ireland because of this. However, I don’t personally see the threat: True, … Continue reading

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Before I drown…

It’s that time of year when the strawberry plants start shooting out their runners. The plants I have are not just good fruit producers but they are experts at reproduction. Hence: Unfortunately, I doubt a strawberry plant, no matter how … Continue reading

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Out-of-date sesame seeds

I’ve had a large packet of sesame seeds in my cupboard for quite some time. At least two years. As they came from Fuel for Schools (The Real Junk Food Project, which I’ve mentioned in previous posts), they might well … Continue reading

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The only tomato

I enjoyed the first tomato from the garden for lunch. It started growing on a short and spindly plant in the shed and promptly ripened on the vine, once it was planted outside in the raised bed. However, the plant … Continue reading

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First crop from the raised bed

The compost bin has been working like the clappers and made enough space for the broad bean haulms to go in it. And not before time, as the tomato plant which has been living in the shed desperately needed to … Continue reading

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