September 18 easier watering no dig, plant and sow now, interplant, sweet pepper success

31st August 2018 Autumn

September looks dry for much of the UK: no dig means easier watering, see below. There are still plantings for outdoor veg and sowings for veg under cover. August gave welcome rain at times, 85mm/3.4i

Nov 17 mid month blog of veg harvests, frost protection, new beds, feed/mulch soil, trial results

14th November 2017 Autumn

Will it be a cold winter? Too early to say but the vegetables are telling us that winter has arrived.

November 17 mulching, sow garlic & beans, no dig international, storing veg, winter salads

30th October 2017 Autumn

There are many lovely harvests to make in November, and much to learn from how things have grown this year. The main sowing is broad beans, from now in colder areas until mid or late November in south

October mid month – chilli & tomato plants overwinter, new bed no dig, winter salads, harvests now, saving basil seed

16th October 2017 Autumn

We have been clearing and planting under cover, making many harvests and filming for videos plus TV. I enjoyed working with the makers of Croatian programme Vrtlarica, about healthy living and food gr

October 2017, trial results of no rotation & no dig, autumn harvests, polytunnel cropping, sauerkraut

1st October 2017 Autumn

Vegetables and apples are maturing ahead of normal. This makes some harvests for winter storage more difficult, such as hearted cabbages that are already fully developed and need cutting, in the warmt

September update: protect veg, when to harvest, growth examples by sowing date, seed age & sowings

15th September 2017 Autumn

The weather has been difficult but manageable, apart from damage to climbing beans. Leafy crops have enjoyed the rain and lack of sun more than fruiting ones. However September’s second half looks q

September 17 sowing for winter, controlling pests, blight, more on no dig

31st August 2017 Autumn

New season and Homeacres news – autumn is near and we need to prepare. Make new sowings, continue weeding and tidying including old brassica leaves and leek rust, watch for pests and tomato blig

November update 2016, yields with no dig, sow beans, new books, courses, chillies

16th November 2016 Autumn

In this darkening time of year, a path to good cheer is out in your plot, absorbing as much light as you can, harvesting, weeding, and mulching ground for next year. See the last section for detail

November 2016, harvests before frost, veg for autumn and winter

31st October 2016 Autumn

Winter is nearly here, time for some last and beautiful autumn harvests. The radish below were sown between lettuce which were still cropping. You can still sow garlic, and November is excellent for s

October ’16 update: mulches, brassicas, carrots dig/no dig, sedum

16th October 2016 Autumn

16.10.16, the middle of autumn and there is still no frost here, though I hear that some valleys and northern areas of Britain have frozen a little.  Because of autumn’s increasing mildness, over t

October ’16 weather check, harvests, mulching, ripen tomatoes

29th September 2016 Autumn

In recent years, October has been milder than average, sometimes with nicer weather than the preceding summer: last year it was 18C at Hallowe’en, the year before it was 21C! Its looking to be warm

Sept. update sow winter salad, harvest seed, rotation, two failures

11th September 2016 Autumn

At Homeacres, the first ten days of September were a gardener’s dream. Summer warmth continuing, of (average) 14C 57F by night and 21C 70F by day, also with 47mm (1.9in) rain falling onto dry soil.