Category Archives: Permaculture

Sweetcorn vs. Jerusalem artichokes

I’ve already decided the Jerusalem artichokes need to be moved to a pot after this growing season. This space is going to have a hazel tree in it. However, there is another very good reason for the move: not only … Continue reading

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Curd: a tale of many plusses

Very close to us there are blackberries enough to feed both man and beast quite substantially. With the fruit ripening earlier this year (because of the hot weather), I therefore decided to try out a recipe in order to use … Continue reading

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Isn’t it ironic?

Last night, I had a two-hour blast of painting the new fence but had to stop because of the light faded. So, this afternoon, I nipped out to finish the panel I’d given up on yesterday. Rain had been forecast … Continue reading

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Spraying the beans

It decided to be another hot day yesterday but fortunately we were mostly working in the cool of the forest garden at Old Sleningford Farm. Towards the end of the day, we did some weeding in the raised beds area, … Continue reading

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A red tomato in August?

The tomato plant in the first hugel pot I made this spring has been struggling a bit, losing its leaves and generally not growing as lushly as it might. Perhaps the reason for this is because it has been putting … Continue reading

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Getting rid of the ground elder

After a day of marking at home, I did need some exercise to get me to sleep, although my evening in the garden was totally unplanned. With the soil newly softened from last weekend’s rain, it seemed an excellent opportunity … Continue reading

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A previously untouched corner

When I moved into my property in 2009, the back garden was awash with crocosmia. In most spots, I’ve managed to get them out but there are the occasional patches of resistance. One such is at the back of the … Continue reading

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