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Category Archive for 'Greenhouse growing'

Letting in the light

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 [...]

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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 [...]

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Let there be blight

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 [...]

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Happy New Year!

Hah! That made you jump, didn’t it? If you’re anything like me for not having the strongest grasp on exactly what day it is, you’ll be surreptitiously checking that little clock-and-date thingy in the bottom right of your screen right now to make sure you haven’t mislaid a few months (and missed Christmas by accident, which depending on [...]

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Cucumber ‘Sweet Crunch’ I had a bit of a departure on the cucumber front this year. Normally I grow the supermarket variety: long, slender, elegant, smooth skin – you know the kind of thing. They’re horribly expensive, though; you shell out your three or four quid and all you get is five seeds in the packet. That’s [...]

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