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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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.

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September 2016 weather change, Kuri squash, no rotation, onions, courses, lentils, compost

30th August 2016 Autumn

August has been warmer than usual here, despite the weather forecasts! The sunniest August since 2013, second sunniest since 2007, and the second driest since 2003. Plants have responded with healthy

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Veg growing mid Nov 15

15th November 2015 Autumn

As so often, unusual weather means unusual growth. Here the first half of November has been exceptionally mild, around 3C (5F) above average and no frost yet. We are picking better quality salad leave

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Veg growing November ’15

30th October 2015 Autumn

Growth continues! Even though days are as short as February, the southerly winds are bringing warmth to grow leaves and swell roots – the mean temperature this past week, night and day, has been

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Mid-Oct ’15 veg no dig

15th October 2015 Autumn

It is full-on autumn now, the season of important harvests and of final plantings before winter. Some of the visitors to my garden in the last two weeks  have expressed surprise that beds are still f

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