Lettuce after two picks so far
May mid month, no warmth! but leafy vegetables are growing well, tips for new plantings and covers

12th May 2021 Featured, Spring

In gardening one is often comparing the weather and conditions with those of the year before. So far, spring 2021 has been diametrically different to 2020! For those of you who started last year, you

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Drone view shows most beds covered in April
May 2021, coping with cold weather and perennial weeds, new seedings new harvests, woodchip

28th April 2021 Featured, Spring

Weather rules. This is turning into a difficult spring, with temperatures significantly below average – in particular by night. In the UK, there have been more frosts in April than in any other

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Now 6 sacks compost on top & treading
April 15th in a cold spring, fleece covers, transplant survival, new bed and compost heap

15th April 2021 Featured, Spring

A difficult spring so far, with a lack of warmth and frosts down to -4.5 C here, nine frosts in the last 12 nights. However it has been dry! And although that means watering new transplants, it also m

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April 2021 new plantings and beds, growing seed from winter root vegetables, bioreactor of woodchip, cold ahead

29th March 2021 Featured, Spring

Transplanting times are here, but watch out for cold weather too. Plants ready now are frost hardy, such as lettuce, peas, onions and broccoli. I advise to wait until mid April before sowing frost ten

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multisown beetroot and singles of broccoli, fennel and coriander
March 2021 update new seedlings and sowings, new land, no dig bed prep, cool spring

13th March 2021 Featured, Spring

It has been a different kind of winter here, somehow cold and damp in a more damaging way than 2018, when we had bitter winds in March but with less damage to plants. See the broad bean photos below.

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Mulch of home-made compost after taking the final harvest
March 2021 new no dig gardens, starting seeds, potting composts and trays

28th February 2021 Featured, Spring

This is a full on time for a propagation, although also there is no rush to sow tomatoes, cucumbers, courgettes, sweetcorn et cetera. Spring is also good for making new beds, which you can actually do

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Broad beans stake and string support
May 2020 update, fast new growth but frost returns, sowing methods, pea supports, compost heaps, carrots, slugs & flea beetles

11th May 2020 Featured, Spring

We just had a week of summer weather, now winter returns briefly. Old weather lore refers to the ice nights of 11th-13th May! I hope you can cover potatoes enough to protect them, and any other frost

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Cover with radish and carrot pushing it up
May 2020, propagate, pick, water, pests, no dig, clear to replant, new sowings

29th April 2020 Featured, Spring

April in the UK has been kind to gardeners, unusually warm and sunny, and now there is rain. I hope it’s springlike elsewhere, or nicely autumnal in the southern hemisphere. Gardening is at leas

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Variable quality of radish seed
April update of seasonal no dig tips and for new gardeners, seed quality and saving

13th April 2020 Featured, Spring

For those starting now, I wish you well. It’s never too late to make a bed or two, and new plantings continue until autumn, so take heart. My latest video has many tips for transplanting, after a qu

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Broad beans flowering, sown November
April 2020 no dig methods to sow and plant, transplant size, what is compost, keep sowing

29th March 2020 Featured, Spring

There is now an epic amount of interest in food growing, and this is seasonal advice. Also about starting out. It’s based on no dig and seasonal methods, keeping things simple and in a well info

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Overwintered spinach and Broad bean plants
Mid March 2020, catch weeds tiny, set seedlings deep, sowing no dig, weather now live

12th March 2020 Featured, Spring

It’s mild weather here and growth is way ahead of normal. We have not yet finished pruning apple and pear trees, roses and penstemons. Plus new weeds are germinating. It’s time for that first ligh

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Some old seed is germinating badly, if at all.
March 2020 propagating, myth busting, weeding, mulch new beds, store vegetables

28th February 2020 Featured, Spring, Uncategorized

Early spring: March comes in like a lion, a little warmth of strong sunshine tempered by a lot of cold winds and nights. Then March goes out like a lamb, well let’s see! Stick to your known best

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