It’s the greenest summer I have ever seen up here on the hill, and it has us all a bit thrown. On the whole, its actually been very cool, the temperate nature of our climate usually has us desperate for rain. This year we have been gifted so much extra. It's easy to forget (...)
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The Borage is blooming readily by now, the sweet peas start to climb up them and reach for the trellis in the middle. I’m calling this my “sweet pea circus” as it accidentally has been shaped like a tent. It will invite the bees to a new spot in my garden, hopefully they will pay attention to the two new raised beds sitting beside it. (...)
This winter of 2019 has been a timid one. Even as I dare to type these words I know that with the temperamental climate we live in, we could have an unexpected freeze at anytime. Yet, it’s been warm and I am currently not too worried about losing plants and all too worried that the fruit trees will not (...)
As with many things in life, there is no straight cut answer to this question, but there is a myriad of factors to consider when deciding where to place your new green plant propagation and nurturing station.
As our European counterparts warn of a “Fools Spring”, I succumbed to a “Fool’s Autumn”, as I planted in these cool initial days and then BAM, we were hit with a hot spell, almost a final wave of Summer heat, and we were enduring 30+ degrees of heat (Celsius) yet again. Back to watering the greenhouse 3 times a day. Foolish (...)
Fast forward to secondary college, I was about 15, and it was compulsory to select one subject from the “Science” or “B” section, so I chose “Gardening”, tried to grow the best beans on the school’s plot, and it reminded me a little that I liked to grow things. Read on...
By the time we pulled into the driveway at home it had been springing for a good couple of weeks. Weeds to the knee, tall grass and all the late daffs blooming. Every single vegetable had bolted to seed. It was apparent that (...)
Perfectly sized to be eaten by one person, the old heirloom variety called "Lemon Cucumber" (because of the colour of the skin, not taste) ticks all the boxes!
It's prolific, easy to grow, even here in our cold temperate climate, and miraculously develops a thick skin once it's picked, but remains sweet and juicy on the inside, without a hint of bitterness at all! It also tends to have a longer growing period than other cucumbers.