Category Archives: Gardening

With a hardened heart…

I pulled a load of poppies earlier today. Every year, I say I am going to stop the poppies from dominating the landscape and plant some beans instead. Then I let one of my favourite flowers have its way. Until … Continue reading

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Is this an allium?

My parents paid a visit today and as usual came bearing gifts. This time, one of them was what appeared to smell like a plant from the allium family. It has seed heads similar to wild garlic but its roots … Continue reading

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The knock-on effect of the drought?

For anyone who missed it, we had a drought last summer, followed by a dry winter and spring. I’ve only been in the CSA vegetable scheme at my local farm since last September, so I can’t be sure they have … Continue reading

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Spongy

I felt a new sensation when planting out the globe artichoke the other day. Unfortunately, I needed to step on the bed in front of the intended planting space to get to it and the ground was springy. I’m hoping … Continue reading

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Unexpected protection

I’m not pleased that the pheromone trap I put out to protect my apple trees is plastic or that the insert can only be thrown away once it is replaced every six weeks. On the other hand, I never expected … Continue reading

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Another sedum, I think!

It seems like weeks since I had my usual Friday, where I did some work in the garden after swimming and my Knit and Natter group. So, it was almost a relief to have some normality today. Last weekend, my … Continue reading

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Decision: rotten not pungent

After I built a mini hugelbed by the backdoor I planted the wild garlic I’d dug up from its original bed. In the interim, it had been in a pot which became waterlogged and there was a veritable stench. As … Continue reading

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