Monthly Archive June 2014


Couch grass, everlasting leeks, digging and sowing seeds

GardenAfter a major offensive by my current gardening enemy, couch grass, I have made the decision to dig up all the grass on the allotment. That means goodbye nice green paths, hello nicely dug bare soil. Yes, that’s right, an ecological, organic, and dare I say it a bit of a permaculturist – myself – has decided that digging is the only way to garden without spending ruinous amounts of time combatting slugs and perennial weeds. The couch grass is not just highly invasive it harbours slugs. They are both equally annoying and therefore both must go.   Read More


More Leek Propagation, Shallot Failures, My Poor Allotment Management.

I’ve been making some big gardening mistakes, I guess you don’t really get to the point where you have mastery over your garden, nature will always bowl you a googly. The first mistake is not digging the allotment. The back garden doesn’t really need digging, i just prong it a little with a fork and loosen it while applying a compost mulch – this works well. The allotment meanwhile, with its heavy clay, has turned into concrete – you know the type of ground you could park lorries on. This of course set back and demolished my younger spring sown plants. Read More


Welsh Onions, Bolting Potato Onions and Cabbage Cuttings

VerdantThe back garden is looking verdant, June is probably the prettiest time, at least in my garden. It is of course not the most productive as far as veggies are concerned but the flowers and overwintered perennial vegetables are being productive. The skirret are looking huge, well the greenery up top is, god knows what the edible tubers look like size wise. One unexpected star is the Welsh Onion/Japanese Bunching Onion. The Japanese ones, well varieties, are selections from the humble Welsh Onion and some of them are as big as leeks, but I can’t really tell the difference. I’m really impressed with them. I started growing them last year and I have cropped them several times. They are perennial and propagate by seed or by dividing, much like chives. Unlike chives Welsh Onions are biggish spring onions with thick and tender shanks you can cut fine for sauces and cut long ways for putting into salads. I got a little dismayed this spring when they put up flower stalks – I thought these inedible hard stalks would ruin the onion – but once I had removed the flower heads the plants divided again separating out the hard flower stalk which I felled. I then continued to cut the onion shanks, one centimetre above the ground and already they are growing back. Read More

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