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Soft fruit failure

This year we’ve had a series of “disasters” with our strawberries, gooseberries,raspberries, and redcurrants. I badly pruned the goosegobs and redcurrants – cutting back the wood which would have borne the fruit! Luckily we still have six pounds of frozen redcurrants to use from last year’s prolific harvest. The strawberry ...
Sowing for winter

Sowing for winter

I’ve just sown Florence fennel, half a dozen varieties of lettuce and two plants new to me – Kailan, a kind of Chinese sprouting broccoli and Celtuse, an heirloom lettuce whose stems, when it bolts, are edible. I’ve also sown some Palla Rossa chicory and some frizzy endive, called Wallone. ...
Squashed In

Squashed In

I’m growing winter squash on top of one of the compost heaps. The two Crown Prince plants seem to love the protected, sunny site with unlimited access to rich nutrients. I’m growing my other smaller squash (Hokkaido) up a trellis –  also an experiment. Two failed but there are six ...
The Big Hotbin Reveal

The Big Hotbin Reveal

I’m super excited to share the video we made of emptying the Hotbin for the first time. Sarah, Mum’s gardener and her friend and volunteer, Ros, helped me film it and empty it! The beautiful rich compost is being used as a mulch for the tomatoes. ...
Weeding

Weeding

Weeding is as important as a drop of rain. That’s what an old Norfolk boy, Pinky, told me when I got my first allotment fifteen years ago. Today Alex and I weeded the white kale and red cabbage – interplanted with carrots and beetroot. We also hoed the other beds. ...
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