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That last quince on the tree has now fallen off. Maybe better luck next year. It was the first year it’s ever formed fruits after all. Operation Aphid Squish is beginning. I jetwashed the broad beans this morning with the hose and have started the soapy water treatment on the […]

Film firsts…plots 100 & 92

Filming clips is not my thing, but that said, I’ve uploaded 2 short plot videos to YouTube.  If you should watch these, please bear in mind I have never done this before – and now I appreciate how hard it is to shoot even a short thing like this in one take! […]

Saffron update

Last year I bought 60 bulbs and put them in pots and the ground. I got a better harvest from the ones in the pots and the ones in the […]

Shotput is rarely a good idea

Sometimes I just don’t think. Playing Olympic shotput with clods of earth is all very well, but I knew this one would go short when it left my hand. In the way were the squashes I’d put out to harden off. The Black Futsus should be ok, but I’m missing […]

Still no parsnips.

I am giving them till the weekend to show themselves or I will be sticking some squashes in. And in any battle of parsnips vs squash I know what my money would be on. Bar 3 minor casualties the plots have survived last night’s gales unscathed: my giant plastic cloche […]

Greenhouse day! 

Ev-e-ry-thing came out, the ground was forked over & fluffed and some optimistic bits of bindweed were hoiked out and then…it was ready. I have been so looking forward to this moment. After some much-needed advice on greenhouse planting from Lionel I’ve planted out 11 tomatoes so far, 7 on […]

Up on #100

Still no parsnips. But I’ve made good progress elsewhere. The bottom bit has been dug and sifted to just over a spade’s depth and I’ve removed as much horsetail as I could see – not easy given it has black roots! It’s now housing 6 celeriac and 36 onions, with a […]

Munty frame preparation

I’ve started digging on too many fronts so none are finished.  The roughly dug squash bed is coming along well and hopefully there will be a woodchip delivery soon so I can make a couple of paths. I’ve bought some extra stakes and poles to make a munty frame* at […]