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January is not the best month in the greenhouse. We’re at that stage of the year where everything’s gone into stasis, hunkered down, head low, waiting for the bad stuff to go ‘way until spring comes around again. Unless, of course, you sowed lots and lots of salad in your greenhouse borders back in October [...]

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So here it is, then. Hello, 2015! Actually it feels much like 2014, if I’m honest. Now, I like an excuse for a party as much as the next person, but if like me you’re in prosaic and/or post-Prosecco-overindulgence mood this morning you’ve probably already figured out it doesn’t make much sense to see 1st [...]

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I am behind the curve. In fact so behind it am I that I’ve lost sight of it altogether and am ambling along on some vague trajectory of my own devising that has no bearing whatsoever on what I ought to be doing at this time of year. It’s been a busy autumn, but that’s [...]

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November is change-around month in the greenhouse. Well, at least it’s meant to be. The trouble is, it’s supposed to be cold, and it just isn’t. We’re still getting double-digit temperatures during the day, and at night though it’s dipping to zero very occasionally and we’re getting some encouraging if short-lived ground frosts (the first, [...]

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About now my greenhouse becomes less vegetable power house and more storage depot. Those big pumpkins on the floor are ‘Rouge Vif d’Etampes’ – known affectionately as Cinderella pumpkins, and you can see why. Pumpkins in fairy tales look just like this: deep orange, perfectly rounded but flattened top and bottom, with deep valleyed ridges [...]

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