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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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I had a bit of a tidy-up in the greenhouse this month. Goodness knows it needed it: weeds everywhere, the cucumbers in a spaghetti junction of a tangle and the tomatilloes (of which more in a minute) lurching drunkenly across the aubergines. The tomatoes have been recovering from their bad start in Greenhouse no. 2: [...]

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My greenhouses are the engine rooms of my garden. I have two: both six-by-eights, or in modern parlance 1.8m x 2.4m. Aluminium, pretty bog standard, and I love them both. Neither cost me much: I just kept an eye on the small ads in the local paper (Freecycle is another happy hunting ground). The first [...]

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The bitterest pill

Crop failures are pretty bad. You put all that effort in, coaxing the seed into life, nurturing and cossetting with all the optimism of an early-season gardener. Then along comes the weather, or rabbits, or mice, or slugs (or, in my case, a rampaging cow. Don’t ask or I may have to sob). Suddenly your [...]

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Well I thought I was doing pretty well on the exotics front this year, what with the tomatilloes hogging one end of the greenhouse and my huge tree chilli – now, in its second year, almost at roof height – fighting it out with the tomatoes at the other. The loquat tree is thriving, the [...]

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