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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]