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The third time is better

When I sowed my kale last summer, I never expected it to show any perennial tendencies. I cut the tops off the stems and left the roots in the ground, so that they could rot in situ. My rationale was … Continue reading

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Cut- and-come-again kale

You know how something happens but it takes you a while to see it? Well, this is the case with the kale stalks that are dotted around the garden. I’d been lopping the tops off as I wanted kale for … Continue reading

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The snowdrop

Coming home from the school run just now, I noticed a white flower at the edge of the front garden.  Now, baring in mind that this garden is northeast-facing and direct sunlight is blocked by the roofs of houses across … Continue reading

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Coulis not jam!

I feel a bit silly after misreading a recipe for blackberry and apple jam: 1800 ml of water instead of 180. My instinct had told me there was something wrong there but after an hour of trying to get to … Continue reading

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Tenting up!

The kale plants are doing really well – so well, they have needed to go under bigger cloches to keep the cabbage white butterflies off.  Fortunately, I had some super huge ones to hand. These have a tendency to blow … Continue reading

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Kale uncoveredĀ 

How easy do you find it to bin seedlings? It’s certainly not something I do willingly and it’s a shame when there’s no one else interested. So, the alternative course is to find a space, somehow, anyhow, for them to … Continue reading

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Dangers lurk indoors

I’ve been doing my best to keep the cabbage white butterflies from getting to the recently planted kale outside. To this end I acquired a mini fleece polytunnel to add to the collection of protection measures. However, on the kitchen … Continue reading

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Kale moving outside

At work today, I was so pleased to see the students coming in with umbrellas. Perhaps they were dismayed but to me it meant: planting…. As it turned out, the rain had hardly penetrated the soil but if only psychologically … Continue reading

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Fifteen kale seedlings

The peppers and tomatoes are suffering outside. Or so it seems to me. On the other hand, the lettuce are doing unusually well. So, it seems this is going to be a cold crop year. Just as well, when I … Continue reading

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Brassica bed

Over the last few days, I’ve been clearing a section of garden of blackberry regrowth and roots. I was a little optimistic last autumn, when I took the blackberry bush out of its original location without taking up all the … Continue reading

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