January 2017 soil care, compost quality, no sowing yet!

31st December 2016 Winter

A happy new year to my readers, may your gardens be bountiful, and easier to look after. When does the gardening year begin? You could pick any date from October to March, depending where you live (sn

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December update, easy soil preparation, salads, Brussels

15th December 2016 Winter

It has been mild here, after a freezing first four days when we had two nights of -6.5C (20F). That was cold enough to freeze plants in the polytunnel and greenhouse, and to damage older salad plants

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Dec. 2016 winter veg, harvests, no dig success and starting out

30th November 2016 Winter

  Are you ready for cold weather?  November was 4.5C (8F) cooler than last year, and December looks to be cool, perhaps with snow around the solstice. Otherwise mostly dry. November was above av

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Mid February, season change

14th February 2016 Winter

Its been so mild this winter, so far, and now when the sowing green light appears, so do frosts! However the light levels are improving fast and under glass or polythene this means warmth by day. All

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Midwinter update January 22nd

22nd January 2016 Winter

Winter’s brief appearance and disappearance,  rabbits arrive, raising beds (or not), aerating compost with a metal corkscrew, root veg for winter abundance,  more on potting composts and peat

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January 2016 new growing year

30th December 2015 Winter

WEATHER CHECK December was extraordinarily warm and especially by night, with no frost at all. So Brussels sprouts and leeks are cropping well, I am picking early purple sprouting, weeds are germinati

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Christmas 2015, no dig veg growing

15th December 2015 Winter

The taste of home-grown Brussels sprouts, they are just so delicious!! and they look beautiful both in the garden and on the plate. For us they are a culinary highlight of the winter and this year, al

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Veg growing December ’15

29th November 2015 Winter

Another mild month is ending, in fact its been the warmest ever November here, also the dullest. Going forwards its looking like a stormy and mild December to come. Temperatures are high enough for ne

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Feb 2015 early sowings
Feb 2015 early sowings

15th February 2015 Winter

What to sow now, some into modules and some in trays for pricking out, seeds or sets for onions,  preparing no dig beds for planting, winter veg to eat now, winter salads, a shed for Homeacres compos

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February 2015
February 2015

29th January 2015 Winter

Composts for propagating, watering tips, spring salads, updates on another trial and mustard green manure

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Mid January 2015
Mid January 2015

10th January 2015 Winter

Keep clearing, mulching, preparing, no sowing yet

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January 2015
January 2015

31st December 2014 Winter

Coping with winter and a look back at the weather of 2014

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