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Monthly Archive for September, 2009

The spud game

                                  (to be viewed while listening to the Tra-la-la song by the Banana Splits… which will only be familiar to those of a certain age. I could have put the soundtrack on here but decided not to drive you [...]

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Leaves of beech trees and blueberries may be getting ready to turn fetching shades of red and orange at this time of year: but those on my courgette plants turn white. Mildew is as regular a sign of autumn as mists and mellow fruitfulness (and people quoting Keats at each other). It’s a fungus which seems to go off and do something else [...]

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Help – I've run out of rain

Well. Say what you like about veg gardening: but it’s never predictable. I’ve been out with the watering can this morning, soaking my parched veg which haven’t had a drop of rain in almost two weeks now. The sun is beating down, and after a whole summer of relying on the (copious) rainfall I suddenly find myself, two [...]

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Tomato ‘Country Taste’ I’ve tried a few beefsteak tomatoes in my time – ‘Brandywine’, ‘Belriccio’, ‘Beefeater’…. Without exception, they’ve been a pain in the neck. It’s not growing the plants that’s the problem: they aren’t any more difficult than ordinary tomatoes to get to fruiting point. The trouble comes when the wretched things start to [...]

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Of ghosties and goblins…

I’m getting secretly very excited about my pumpkin plants this year. I’ve got two of them, and they’re bubbling up like some witch’s cauldron of giant green leaves in a heap in one corner of the plot. The reason I’m getting excited is that I’ve never had much luck with them before. Either they’ve been [...]

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