Category Archives: Permaculture

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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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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Elephant in the wood

Today, I’ve managed to use up all my energy on a walk through local woods, so gardening will have to yet again be postponed. I did however pick some tasty apples from our village community garden and some amazing rosehips … 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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A flowery corner

For what seems like years now, I’ve despaired over the productivity in the area just beyond the pond. And this year it looks like it could be not only a food basket but be a feast of flowers. Aside from … Continue reading

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Community garden to the rescue

In comparison with last year, the strawberry crop of 2019 has been splendid. We now have jam, jam and more jam and lots of happy people have been gifted a punnet or two. Still, we are down to the last … Continue reading

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A visible herb garden

I was truly fed up of the poppies in the herb garden and just waiting for enough room in the compost bin to dispose of them. Then I got a pattern for a crocheted bag off a friend and yesterday … Continue reading

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Copper tape and fleece

The three day lilies that I germinated from seed have been doing very well in their pots in the shed. I wanted to get them in the ground over the summer, though, so that they could establish themselves before winter. … Continue reading

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Joining the dots

I thought today was going to be my daughter’s last gymnastics class, so I wanted to take advantage of the time her lesson affords for me to wander in the countryside. A few months ago, I found a bridleway where … Continue reading

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