Category Archives: Gardening

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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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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Move over tomatoes

I have had a delightful couple of hours in the garden this evening. And unplanned at that! Only half of the broad beans I sowed last autumn have survived the winter but I’ve planted out the four that germinated this … Continue reading

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Practice in sawing

One advantage of a rather dreary start to spring is that I’ve had plenty of time to tinker in the house rather than outside. One upshot of this was an attempt to build shelves for an awkward space in my … Continue reading

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I used to be a fuchsia!

I love fuchsia, so it’s been a tussle to persuade myself that the one by the front door had to go. However, it was getting big and, being deciduous, not the most inspiring plant in winter. In its place is … Continue reading

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Citizen Science: Sensing the world

Last year, I did a MOOC through Future Learn about soil. It was a project run by the Grow Observatory and while participants learned about their soil, the organisation gathered data to help understand soil profiles in Europe. Now, I … Continue reading

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