Category Archives: Permaculture

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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A beautiful Easter

Carr House Farm in the Yorkshire Wolds opened its doors for Good Friday and in addition to buying a few months’ supply of bread flour, I took a walk round to see how the farm looked in spring time. A … Continue reading

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Soapwort and tulips

I’ve been waiting with bated breath for the tulips in the front garden to open. We’re not completely there yet but there is more purple, my favourite colour, than there was yesterday. Somewhat hidden amongst the greenery is a recent … Continue reading

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Thoughts on growing daylilies from seed

When I received my daylily seeds last year, I looked on the internet to see how to grow them. Unfortunately, all I could find were one or two webpages from the USA. So, I felt already that the advice might … Continue reading

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Marjoram or oregano

On Sunday, one of our jobs at Old Sleningford Farm was clearing some of the raised beds for this year’s plants. It was then that Rachel, who runs the farm, offered me the following herb: It may be marjoram or … Continue reading

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Rhubarb and toxicity

Following a discussion on another blog, I decided to look into the toxicity of rhubarb. The upshot was that the stalks not only have less oxalic acid that some other foodstuffs by weight but most people probably get far more … Continue reading

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Both sides of the garden

Moving the compost heap yesterday opened up the garden, so that I have a clear view when I look out the dining room doors. I can’t believe how spacious it looks now! Moving the bin also meant that I could … Continue reading

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