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In praise of watermelon

Uh-oh, seed buying is continuing. This time from Baker Creek across the pond. All squash seeds: Flat White Boer, Jarrahdale (I’ve had my eye on that one since last year…), Noob […]

Squashes and worms

I went up for a quick hour early this morning to add a couple of bags of wet, unrotted leaves from last year to the navy bed as wormfood. If I’m going to do this leafmould thing properly I need to either construct some decent bins or lay in a […]

Blight and possibly a new seed circle

I ditched that jam. The sloe taste really isn’t nice, though it did set very well. We had a full Smith Period warning in the week and the tomatoes have mostly got blight now. The fruit are pretty acid green so I am not sure that they will turn at home. I’ve […]

Wet, wet, wet

Occasional showers my *&$%! It is tipping it down. Again. Managed an hour post-work and left the plot a bit soggily but with 12 dwarf borlotti seeds sown, radishes sown, manky cucumber leaves composted, split tomatoes luzzed into the cemetery, a considerable number of slugs likewise, pots watered and harvest […]

Seed sales

Update: – picked just over 2kg of sloes and stuck them in the freezer pre-ginning – picked chicoria for tonight’s piadina (yum!) – chucked split soggy tomatoes in the compost – bailed out the navy bed again There is a pot of blackberries and sloes bubbling away on the stove, […]

August washout

Much rain has fallen. From being nearly empty the water butt’s full again and the part-dug bed is a pond – I bailed out 18 2-gallon watering cans with a rusty tin. I am stunned at how much rain we’ve had this month. I thought this was supposed to be […]