Fox Cubs and Other Joys of Spring (Like Coriander)

I’ve been planning the perfect blogpost / youtube video combo, but quite frankly if I carry on flaffing around I’m not going to achieve anything. So I’ve decided to pop some thoughts and some footage together (which is what blogging is supposed to be about anyway) and upload it. Get it out there.DSC_0006

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Backyard and Processing Cardoons

 I have been remiss in not posting for nearly a year. I haven’t given up gardening and I haven’t given up talking about gardening on the internet, I have simply spent some time experimenting with youtube videos instead of the written word. Though I have been enjoying myself, there are advantages to the blog form of providing information. The main one is that it gives the consumer a more searchable and leisurely experience. I also feel it is more search engine friendly, though I am sure some smart alec will correct me on that.
Nine Star Perennial Broccoli
Nine Star Perennial Broccoli

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New Crops and Talk Talk being the worst phone company I have been with.

Sorry for not posting for some time, I have been a busy (and this year, successful) gardener, I just have been locked out of my broadband by my phone company: Talk Talk. Talk Talk are a dreadful company. My phone line went down and two months later they still haven’t sent an engineer to fix it. The customer service people that I talked to were all lovely but not one managed to achieve the objective of sending someone round and some didn’t achieve objectives such as ‘definitely, definitely’ calling me back. They often tried phoning me on a line that doesn’t work and texted me on my mobile to let me know that. When I phoned them back I was stuck with a computerised switch board that wouldn’t let me talk to anyone. I was continually told that there was nothing wrong with my line and I was getting 20m a second, but then I’d explain that I’ve got no dial tone and the wrong lights on my router. They’d then say that there was something wrong and they’d send someone. But they wouldn’t. Read more New Crops and Talk Talk being the worst phone company I have been with.

Early seedlings update

Double cloche seedlings, early March

I’ve been practicing the intensive plant mollycoddling I have been learning from Americans. It pains me to have to acknowledge that our colonial friends may know a little something about growing veg. To the left is a photo (taken at dusk on a phone on 9th March 2016) of veg growing in late winter in the ground. I learnt from a couple of sources, all North American, that told me to use more than one cover (cloche) and that would markedly improve the conditions for the growth in winter of certain vegetables. It is very early and those peas (centre right top) are 10 inches tall. Read more Early seedlings update

Bristol Seed Swap and Getting Started on the Allotment

Went to the Bristol Seed Swap at Feed Bristol which is a 3 or 4 acre plot on the edge of Bristol. They have a couple of polytunnels and some teaching facilities. One polytunnel I went into was very hot, much hotter than my greenhouse, and everything inside was growing nicely. Amongst the standard British annual veg there were a few more interesting (though not necessarily tastier) food crops including a mallow. Read more Bristol Seed Swap and Getting Started on the Allotment

Welsh Onions / Japanese Bunching Onions (the Same Thing)

Welsh onions and Japanese bunching onions are the same thing: Allium Fistulosum. They are recognisable from other onions because they have a round cross section when cutting through the leaves whereas the ordinary onion (Allium Cepa) has a ‘D’ shaped cross section. Read more Welsh Onions / Japanese Bunching Onions (the Same Thing)

Perennial Kales (and Broccolis)

This category of posts exists so that the site can host a permanent knowledge base concerning those vegetables that are easy to save seed from, root cuttings from or divide. The reason for this is to reduce our dependence on garden centres and to make our gardens more self sufficient. Read more Perennial Kales (and Broccolis)

Some pictures of 2015

Some pictures I took of last year to help me while away the remains of the winter…


More Winter Fun in the Garden, Celery Offsets Rooted

I’ve been enjoying the use of my greenhouse and yes I am already repairing it / fixing it properly so it doesn’t fall down in a light breeze. The gales we had a couple of weeks ago knocked out 4 panes of glass and luckily the only awkwardly sized one, one from the roof, landed unbroken in the soft black loam (if you believe that…) I have been cultivating underneath it. I had some spare panes so the job wasn’t all that tricky. I realised that I had only put a couple of spring clips in here and there so I basically doubled the amount of clips on the panes, realising that it would provide a certain amount of rigidity in strong winds. Read more More Winter Fun in the Garden, Celery Offsets Rooted

Worm bins and composting

It is deep in the winter and though it is not all that cold the garden is in the doldrums. I’m not wishing my life away, just the next two months. I’ve been subscribed to One Yard Revolution (on Youtube) for some time – I’m a fan – and his climate in the US is colder than mine here in blighty. Yet he is still growing leaf salads, even though his garden is under a foot of snow and he is doing this by using more than one cloche. Read more Worm bins and composting