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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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) [...]
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 [...]
Chilli ‘Razzmatazz’ If you want an insight into the true character of a man, give him a super-hot chilli to eat. You know: one of those Dorset Nagas or (god forbid) Trinidad Scorpion Butch T, currently the hottest chilli in the world. If he’s really stupid, he’ll actually eat it. Then he’ll cry. I say ‘man’ advisedly, as it does seem to [...]
Sorry about the picture. This is basically what I’ve watched my tomato crop turning into ever since about the end of July. I am not a happy gardener. Normally growing tomatoes inside a greenhouse is your insurance against the scourge of late blight. This horrible fungal disease is so inescapable that it’s now impossible to grow tomatoes outside [...]