December 2017 trial results, storing veg for winter, compost mulches, no dig success and winning awards

30th November 2017 Winter

There is just some kale and mustard leaves to harvest on the beds comparing growth between dig and no dig. Total harvests in 2017 are 103.9kg dig and 119.7kg no dig: each bed is 1.5 x 5m/5x16ft, see

February update 2017, first sowings, propagation & composts, no dig winter veg

15th February 2017 Winter

Hooray let’s go. Undercover to start with, because outside it’s still vegetable winter, see the amazing differences between spring, summer and winter. I make no outdoor sowings before mid March,

February 2017 salads, slow sow, Kew Gardens, Q&A, Wikihow

30th January 2017 Winter

Winter’s cold and more-or-less fine is turning in the UK to mild, wet and stormy, for the first half of February. Either way, I recommend you wait before sowing, except for broad beans. Check m

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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