Tag Archives: garlic

Picking up the pieces

Two tomato plants, in the small bed by the back door, decided to make their move sometime during the autumn. They’d been spindly little things all summer, then suddenly they were bushes, flowered and started to grow fruit in late … Continue reading

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It wasn’t me!

Well, the start of another working week commences but first I took a short trip round the garden and now I have a curious event to report. The phone camera doesn’t do the best job of close-ups, so what you … Continue reading

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Better beans?

2020 has been a dismal year for beans – at least for me. The molluscs made a meal of the broad beans over winter and it continued from there. Every time I saw a broad bean shoot, it was too … Continue reading

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Making holes

Since putting newspaper, manure and cardboard down to create better soil near the back door, I’ve been mulling over how to proceed. First of all, I wondered how easy it would be to plant through the cardboard layer, at the … Continue reading

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Building the bed by the back door

There wasn’t a lot of soil left from excavating the hole for my pond in the winter of 2018, once I’d spread it round the garden. Thus, the bed by the back door had ended up with but a thin … Continue reading

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The January tulip

When I bought a bag of tulips in the reduced aisle a couple of weeks ago, I could already see that they were starting to sprout. No wonder, as they were in a heated environment. I wasn’t unduly surprised either … Continue reading

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Bulbs, bulbs, bulbs

I’ve been asked to write another post in my app in order to see if there is a comments box this time. Fortuitously, I found a variety of bulbs this afternoon, which were on my garden shopping list, so I … Continue reading

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I’ll need to buy more garlic

Over the last few years, I’ve not needed to buy any garlic bulbs for the following year’s crop. At first, the garlic produced bulbils and then it started developing mini bulbs along with the main one in the ground. However, … Continue reading

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Garlic then day lilies

I’m pretty amazed by the recent developments at the back of the garden, where I had been battling with ground elder. When I checked yesterday to see what might be growing, there were shoots but only those I wanted: garlic. … Continue reading

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Different kinds of mulch

Yesterday, I reported on the pine mulch round the rhubarb. Today, the post is about a less successful kind of mulch: homemade compost. When I moved the compost bin from the patch where I planted this year’s garlic, I left … Continue reading

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