Tag Archives: garlic

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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The birds love the mulch

When I recently moved the compost bin and planted garlic in the space where it had been, there was a thick layer of mulch left behind. Since this is one part of the garden which has so far received very … Continue reading

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They look like mini sprouts!

It was a bright and sunny Sunday, so I got into the garden to plant both the garlic and the garlic bulbils. Or rather, I did so after biting the bullet and taking out the nasturtiums which have been merrily … Continue reading

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Knickers in a twist*

This afternoon, I went past a police video van at just over the speed limit (I think). Upshot – kicking myself in case it was operating and I was indeed going too fast. The antidote to the spike in anxiety … Continue reading

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