Monthly Archive September 2014


Enjoying the end of summer, yield, tomatoes, skirrets and compost

I’m feeling upbeat about the garden, probably because the summer is ending and if I don’t start enjoying the garden now it’ll be too late. The mornings are definitely autumn, the leaves on the trees are going brown, but the days are still fine and nice. So the stress of trying to grow dozens of kilos of veggies is fading as I pull myself together and realise that life is too short to stress out over a hobby. Of course it doesn’t help that Dan from has grown one marrow that is double the weight of everything I’ve grown in my small backyard added together, or that Michael Guerre, a permaculturist with a similar size urban garden produced 10 times as much as me in his first year of experimentation. But Dan uses a witches brew of fertilisers, manures and composts, plus some phenomenal skills to get his results and Michael imports a ton of horse manure – big imports!. It reminds me that there is an easier way and that I’d better be sure that the restricted import system I am using is worth it. Read More

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