I’ve been experimenting with tomatoes this year – which types to grow, how to grow them and how many we need. “Tomato Alley” – my name for the long row of outdoor tomatoes – got felled by blight last week. It’s an ugly disease, and spreads really rapidly. Early in the second week of September,…
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This is proving to be a very strange year in the garden. Everything seems a little muddled up. I’ve been waiting for my sunflowers to bloom up at the allotment for what seems like months now, but this week, finally, one has. Given what a gloomy week this is proving to be weather-wise, a welcome…
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The long spell of warm weather has left me with rampant tomato plants and Dahlias eager to be let out to grow huge and lush. In common with many others, I have Space Issues. Conventional wisdom would be not to put tomatoes and Dahlias outdoors until the last risk of frost has passed at the…
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Yesterday I finally got round to some serious seed sowing, and have now totally filled the shelf thingy that is cluttering up the dining room – south facing patio doors, so prime seed-nursery real estate. Edibles: Dwarf Runner Bean ‘Pickwick’ Garlic chives Baby sweetcorn Courgette F1 Hybrid ‘Soleil’ Butternut Squash Pretties: Zinnia ‘Red Spider’ Zinnia…
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There were a million and one things I should have been doing today, all boring grown-up things like the accounts, or sorting through stuff, or laundry. Instead, I siezed the excuse of the new dahlia tubers arriving to potter in the warmth of a real Spring day. No coat required, just plenty of tea, and,…
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