It is a source of wonder to me that in my poor battered veg garden, awash with rainwater and gloopy with mud, there are still things I can harvest. Not much, it’s true, but enough to keep the Sunday roasts chugging out of the oven and offer a few home-grown ingredients for ersatz midweek meals. Most [...]
Category Archive for 'Allotments'
Sorry, can’t stop. Must dash. Don’t you realise it’s nearly the END OF JANUARY!!! And I still haven’t finished planting the garlic! Let alone pruned the apple trees or mulched the veg beds or… Yep, I’m well on the road to my annual all-out late winter panic here. The trouble with the colder months of the [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]