Early Granite melon
August 15th update keep beds full, cucumbers tomatoes and melons, save seed, make compost, insect covers, store onions

15th August 2020 Featured, Summer, Uncategorized

Early August has been unusually warm here, night minimum temperatures averaging16C/61F and day maxima averaging 27C/81F. Growth is fast as long as one waters – we use a hose, which takes time w

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drone view Homeacres no dig 22nd July
August 2020 fast growth, succession plantings, onion harvest tips, compost quandaries, sowings now and soon

25th July 2020 Featured, Summer

It’s a rainstorm as I write and I am grateful for it. Before today, July’s total rainfall was 29mm/1.2in and after this storm it’s 46mm/1.8in. Still below average. We have been water

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Leek plants laid in four rows
July update 12th, prune squash, sow more & transplant leeks, make compost, onion and potato readiness, path mulch

12th July 2020 Featured, Summer

It’s speeding up now, but growth has been slowed by the weather here. A cool two weeks until 10th July saw daytime maxima always under 20C 68F and averaging 18.5C 65F, with just 4.5 hours sunshi

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Athena di Polka F1 courgette zucchini
July 2020 summer unfolds with more sowings, interplanting, weeds to hoe or pull, seeds to save, potato harvests and beware pyralids

27th June 2020 Featured, Summer

June has been warm and with mixed weather, including decent rainfall! of 107mm so far. Rain in June is the best of any month, after the surge of growth in spring. At Homeacres it has rescued my peas,

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View 7th June of where we filmed
June mid month new picking and plantings, intersowing carrots, making and using composts, pyralid weedkiller hidden in composts

13th June 2020 Featured, Summer

The weather is cooler and damper than May, but only 28mm/1.1in rain here so far. The soil under growing plants is still dusty – but some of you have had big rain, even too much. “A drippin

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Companion planting with fennel
June 2020 extreme weather, early harvests, mulching, no dig garlic, webinars, insects, keep sowing, problems with bought composts

30th May 2020 Featured, Summer

May was the driest ever month here, in 47 years of my records. 1990 came close with 4mm rain compared to 3.2mm (0.13in) in May 2020. In the last 20 years, the previous driest May was 2010 with 34mm, s

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August 2019 summer winds down, open day, no dig transformation, insect problems, new no dig beds, onions

11th August 2019 Featured, Summer

Writing this in a thunderstorm, our first substantial rain for two months of lovely warmth, over 40mm so far and 46mm in the end (1.9in) in four hours. All soaked in, watering finished for 2019 except

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August 2019 new sowings, planting tips, seed saving, pest protection, onions, tomatoes, pyralids

28th July 2019 Featured, Summer

Be ready with seeds of this month’s top sowings; spinach, salad rocket, mustards, pak choi, land cress, spring onions and spring cabbage. August can be a second spring in the garden, when it rains.

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July 2019 harvest-clear-replant, no dig success against pests, clean paths, identify aminopyralid damage

1st July 2019 Featured, Summer

Be prepared for everything: picking planting sowing weeding watering pests heat. Give as much time as you can now, for best results later. June here was much less hot than across the Channel. Our aver

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Californian poppies at Homeacres
June update 2019 new sowings, harvests, making compost, no dig flowers, more on aminopyralid

15th June 2019 Featured, Summer

Is cool and damp better than hot and dry? Last year we were short of moisture, this year we are deprived of warmth and light. I preferred last year! Mostly you can add water, but can’t add warmth. T

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Interplants beans and fennel
June 2019 no dig trials, new polytunnel, garlic harvests, interplanting, pyralid problems in composts

31st May 2019 Featured, Summer, Uncategorized

Summer begins now, but don’t bank on too much fine weather this summer is my hunch. The soil is dry here at the moment and plants look well except for rusty garlic outside: garlic and leek rust is e

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Small Garden (5) early July, new plantings for summer and autumn harvests

4th December 2018 Autumn, Small Garden, Summer, Videos

A follow-up to Small Garden of June, see how summer plantings of beans, kale, beetroot, carrots, leeks and salads have grown. Plus how the outdoor tomatoes are ripening already, early for this tempera

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