Feed on
Posts
Comments

Monthly Archive for September, 2011

Have you noticed just how extravagantly abundant the fruit crop has been this year? My three apple trees have been groaning under the weight of zillions of apples – even thinning out the clusters to two or three per station in July hasn’t slowed the avalanche. Windfalls have been hammering to the floor as we just can’t keep [...]

Read Full Post »

About now, while the proper harvest is at full pelt and I’m drowning in runner beans and wondering what any sane person is supposed to do with eight ‘Potimarron’ squashes, my thoughts also begin to turn to gathering in a secondary crop, almost as important as the first. Saving your own seed isn’t just about saving money. [...]

Read Full Post »

I’m going right off my growbags. Regular readers will know that this is the first year I’ve tried them properly, mainly because the greenhouse which was already here when we arrived last year is on hard standing. Rather than try to move it, or lift the gravel-and-compost-sacks combo that covers the floor, I thought I’d try growing my tomatoes [...]

Read Full Post »

It wasn’t all hobnobbing with the aristocracy up in Derbyshire, you know: while I was there I dropped in on the considerably more modest, though nonetheless charming Calke Abbey, now owned by the National Trust though previously home to the endearingly eccentric Harpur family. Their collections include improbable numbers of stuffed animals, shells, crocodile skulls, [...]

Read Full Post »

Fields of flowers

I didn’t envy the Duke of Devonshire his rambling pile (there was scaffolding up when I visited: and think of the bills!) nor his rolling acres (you have to have staff to have a garden that big). But oh – I did envy him his cutting garden. I’ve seen proper cutting gardens before: there’s one [...]

Read Full Post »