Some jobs in the garden are brain-freezingly, thought-paralysingly boring. Mostly they involve cleaning things. I don’t think I’ve cleaned a pot, or a seed tray, since circa 1980. I hate it with a passion: all that standing about in December with buckets and pots of Citrox watching 500 7.5cm pots passing before my eyes like a masochist’s version of the Generation [...]
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And so on to the big beefy maincrops of the year. I usually go to town on these: most years I reckon on growing two first earlies, two second earlies and four maincrop varieties. This year, though, the emphasis is firmly on the early season (results of that trial here): so I ended up with [...]
Bless me, dear reader, for I have sinned. Well, OK, it wasn’t much of a sin compared to torching the Mona Lisa, say, or reducing the sugar level in jam (I foresee a revival in home jam-making to rival the Great British Bakeoff). But I am sorry to say that the venerable Crocus Potato Trials, now [...]
I’m a bit of a sucker for seed swaps. I like feeling that you can spread the love a little: I always end up with far more seeds than I could ever sow, some given to me, others bought on impulse at nurseries, garden centres and flower shows, and still more saved from my own plants in [...]
You know how everyone goes on about reaching peak oil? That point at which we’re going to produce as much oil as we’re ever going to? Apparently we’re not far off reaching peak water, too (some – including India – are already there). Well it occurred to me the other day that I may have reached [...]