My garlic has turned ginger. And not in a good way. It happened just about overnight, a few weeks ago. One day I had perfectly healthy, sturdy garlic shoots: the next day the foliage was a bilious shade of orange. On closer inspection, it was covered in little raised bumps and pustules the exact same [...]
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Recycling in the garden can be tricky to get right. It’s all very well making planters out of teacups and planting strawberries in colander hanging baskets or nailing tin cans to your fence posts, but unless you judge your junk with faultless taste and a steely determination not to overdo the winsome artlessness thing it’s all too easy to end up with a [...]
Pea ‘Oregon Sugar Pod’ To quote a well-known advert for a certain shop which I’m sure used to sell clothing but now seems to be a supermarket for posh people: [cue 1970s lounge lizard soundtrack and sultry voiceover of the sort I can only manage when still bleary and half asleep] This is not just a pea. [...]
Right at the back of my veg garden I have a little triangular corner in the shade, where not a lot else would grow. All through the spring has been unfurling a colony of large, slightly sandpapery leaves. They’re not edible. They don’t flower. I suppose the roots are quite interesting: you can grate them [...]
You won’t be gardening long before you feel the need for a little electricity. I don’t mean excitement: goodness, there’s quite enough of that what with mouse invasions and that branch falling on my greenhouse roof and stoving in several panes at once. And positive things too, like the gorgeous Ensete ventricosa (deep purple banana) [...]