Monthly Archive January 2014


Building a Home-Made Wormery

Had a day off and spent it in the garden. A bit chilly but I was pretending it was spring. I did intend to sow some seeds, I bought some last week – pot leeks and prize winning peas – but I’ve just realised that I forgot. The pot leeks I couldn’t resist, a northern English fashion of growing really fat leeks that have only 6 inches of white shank. Wider than taller you might say. Once I have them I will grow them without seed in further years (see here). The prize winning peas I bought because the pic on the front was of vines overloaded with peas and who can resist a bit of merchandising – not I! Read More


The Trouble With Permaculture (Again)

Anni Kelsey posted on her blog her own reply to the article trouble with permaculture (and this is Anni Kelsey’s reply).

I enjoy visiting ordinary people’s vegetable gardens – very, very much so – but between you, me and the wall – there are an awful lot of really bad ones that don’t actually produce very much food, let alone starchy, high carb food that will keep us strong and busy. They are however oasiseseseeses of  calm and primitive beauty and are always valuable. Two of my favourite gardens produce virtually no food at all even though one is a vegetable garden and the other is an allotment that is very heavily shaded by trees. To spare my own blushes when they read this and kick my arse, I will keep their locations secret, but they are somewhere in Bristol, England. Read More


Saving my own leek seeds and getting them to germinate.

DSC_0945Another little experimental victory, this time leek seed saving. I have experimented with different ways to propagate the humble leek and there are many but your bog standard seed saving is something I have never done. This is strange because most people would not think of propagating a vegetable any other way. As well as seed saving leeks can be propagated by bulbils (pips or grass) and by bulblets. Read More


Dividing scorzonera, vegetative propagation [updated].

Dividing ScorzoneraI must apologise for the length of time between posts but my garden is in a cool temperate zone in the northern hemisphere  and we are in the depths of winter.  There is not much time to garden with the reduced daylight hours and nothing is growing much anyway. It is quite entertaining to look at England’s climate through the eyes of my Amrikan friend who is stunned to find he is able to overwinter brassicas, artichokes and such things here. We complain of the weather but really we are very fortunate, especially in the south of England. Read More

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