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Two butts are better than one

Today I are mostly…squelching about & setting up water butts.  I also took some snaps of the informal pond that is my plot. Will definitely think about digging some form of trench/pond over the next few weeks. The second (free!) water butt is finally up, and has been filled with […]

Growing in 2014

Happy New Year – Happy new growing plan! This is where I am at for 2014, already a huge advance on 2013 and leaps and bounds ahead of my first year.Potatoes: Lady Christl, Charlotte – no maincrop this year unless v small amounts because of lack of storage at homePentland […]

Digging is depressing

I feel very Dickensian. The Ghost of Digging Past is just about bearable. The Ghost of Digging Present is showing me horrible things. And quite often (ie now) the Ghost of Digging Future makes me want to lie down and cry. Just doing the bottom boundary path has taken me […]

Digging and planning

It was a busy weekend with a couple of sessions on the plot. I snaffled 330l dalek bargain on fleabay and collected it in Mum’s car this morning. The should […]

Foraging: quinces and future leafmould

It was such a beautiful day first thing. I had a walk into town for some bewilderment at Christmas shopping options. I didn’t come back with presents, but I did find a huge japonica quince down by the river loaded with fruit that nobody seems to want. And if they […]

Chillies and paltry swede harvest

Right, that’s the last of the chillies snuck home from the plot. That gives me 12 plants to start with, and I’m hoping to still have about 4 round about February time. My care being a little iffy… All of the ones at home have lots of aphids, either brown […]

Preserves update

The third (and final!) batch of sloe gin is made. This one with Waitrose gin – one half with sugar and extract, the other with no sugar and a bruised almond. So the same as batches 1 & 2 but with cheaper gin – I’d like to know if the […]