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Slow burn echinacea

I’ve lost count of how many years ago I bought a pack of echinacea seeds, sowed them and tended the seedlings till they were ready to go out in the front garden. Nothing happened, they appeared to die. So, I … 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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Not the African savanna

It was a rare occasion that I didn’t take my phone with me on Sunday afternoon. We’d gone for a walk to look for elderflower, though I knew it was possibly a little too early. In the event, we ended … Continue reading

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Fritillaries and foraging

Today was one of unexpected surprises. My parents had promised us a trip to Rutland Water and in the nearby village of Thistleton. By coincidence, I’d seen a blog post about Tulbaghia violacea ‘Silver Lace’, a perennial garlic with pale … Continue reading

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Testing the shed boundaries 

In spite of having a cold and just wanting to lie around, I have done some gardening. Very non-strenuous. I discovered three more organic tomato seedlings which needed potting on. And having carried this out in the shed, I decided … Continue reading

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This is the first time it’s happenened: I overwatered the tomato seedlings and one hasn’t survived. Fortunately, a new one has popped up and it is is from a packet which has lots of seeds (in comparison with the organic … Continue reading

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Autumn seedlings

For the first time in over a year, the slugs and snails seem to have been out with a vengeance recently. Before we went to Scarborough last weekend, I was really pleased to see carrots starting up between some kale. … Continue reading

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