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Essential Pruning

Essential Pruning

Today we pruned all the fruit bushes. They included blackcurrants, redcurrants, gooseberries, raspberries and blackberries. The only tree I won’t prune until the early summer is the damson which could succumb to silver leaf disease if tackled earlier in the season. The main reasons for pruning are to keep your ...
Contraction and Expansion

Contraction and Expansion

Can you feel the earth, air and temperature around us contracting and expanding? It’s like this part of the planet is taking deep breaths and waking up. Here the mercury is rising and sinking to between minus two and 18 celsius. I haven’t got a thermometer by the way, that ...
Getting Ready For The Coming Year

Getting Ready For The Coming Year

It’s time to get your growing on! I’m just starting to awaken from my winter hibernation partly prompted by some seed swaps. This year it’s proving difficult to source seeds from some suppliers. Two of my favourites – the Seed Cooperative and Tamar Organics – are only open for online ...
A Brown Hare

A Brown Hare

I saw tracks on the snow and thought “deer”. I followed them and disturbed a huge adult hare who’d managed to get under the net covering the kale. It panicked momentarily, standing on its hind legs pawing at the enviromesh, before scrambling under it and zigzagging across the veg garden ...
Finding flowers a new home

Finding flowers a new home

I’ve been promising myself Ikebana (Japanese flower arranging) lessons for a few months and I finally got round to booking a course of six via Zoom. I’d watched a couple of videos by Junko on YouTube and decided to contact her. She is now back in Japan after living and ...
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