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Monthly Archive for March, 2012

Think I’m going to eat worms…

I don’t get on well with wormeries. The last time I tried composting in one – some years ago now – it was a disaster. It started off well enough: we stacked up the boxes, filled one with kitchen waste and added our new wriggly pets. After a while it all went quiet. No sign of [...]

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Hello again! Been a bit quiet round here lately, hasn’t it? That’s because I’ve been out. Watering. And then watering again. Then refilling the cans; and watering again. This is just the sort of weather salads hate: long, hot days to gasp through followed by plummeting temperatures and a night for shivering. Then before you [...]

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Two massive exhibition halls (plus the smallholder’s marquee), 170 stands, more new ideas and gizmos and plants and demonstrations to inspire anyone who grows edible plants …well, no wonder my feet are aching. I take great reassurance from the popularity of the Edible Garden Show – doubled in size since my visit last year (and [...]

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Getting ahead of the game

Excuse my language, but parsnip seeds are an absolute sod. I’ve tried them every which way. I’ve sowed direct, and under cover, sowed early, late and in between. But whatever you do, they take ages to germinate, and an awful lot of them don’t come up at all. Your first line of defence is always [...]

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I really hate building gardens. No: let me rephrase that. I hate the first bit of building gardens. The bit where you rip everything up, make a perfectly respectable patch of ground look like a building site, trample the earth to a pulpy mess begging for mercy and realise the plan you drew up isn’t [...]

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