Seasonal Updates


The weather has been difficult but manageable, apart from damage to climbing beans. Leafy crops have enjoyed the rain and lack of sun more than fruiting ones. However September’s second half looks quiet and perhaps warmer, as often happens. It’s time to make last salad sowings, and some exciting harvests.

September update: protect veg, when to harvest, growth examples by ...


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New season and Homeacres news – autumn is near and we need to prepare. Make new sowings, continue weeding and tidying including old brassica leaves and leek rust, watch for pests and tomato blight and enjoy the harvests. It’s been nicely busy here with the release of popular new videos, […]

September 17 sowing for winter, controlling pests, blight, more on ...




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The weather rules. What a change on 20th July from the year’s early sun and warmth to Atlantic wind, cloud and rain. July was the wettest since 2012 with 141mm/5.6in rain. I fear that August will be cooler than average, so we need to keep up to date with new […]

August 2017 summer plantings, no dig trials, weed free, onions, ...


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The season of second/successional plantings is well underway, see below. See how my first plantings were made, and the harvests they gave, in a new video. It has been an abundant season here so far, warmer than usual and with just enough rain for most vegetables except salads, fruiting crops and […]

July mid month: new & companion plantings, seed saving, tomato ...


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The long days of July are great for sowing and replanting, after summer harvests that are increasing in quantity all month. Harvests from my two trial beds below, to end June, are 29.3kg/64lb from the dug bed and 35.1kg/77lb from the no dig bed. Already planted for harvesting in summer […]

July 17 quick clear & new sowings, compost, sideshooting, ants, ...



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It’s drying up, so what is priority for watering? 1 Water new plants thoroughly, but not the whole area. Without a rose on the can, give water to the rootball only. Repeat after two days if the weather stays dry, then leave as long as possible, so that roots head […]

June update: watering, sow broccoli etc, harvests inc. garlic, new ...


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Wonderful growth has happened in May’s second half, after 59mm rain and warmth. Nights especially were the warmest of any May I recorded since the 1970s. Up to 15th the night minimum was average 7.5C/45F, then 16th-31st it was 11.1C/52F. However June looks cooler, probably windy and unsettled at times, […]

June 2017, seed quality, no dig speed, pests to watch ...


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There is still so much to sow and plant. Now is good to sow cabbages for autumn hearting, Brussels sprouts, French and runner beans, sweetcorn, more carrots, lettuce and multisow beetroot, even leeks if you have not already. You can set out plants of celeriac, sweetcorn, tomatoes, courgettes, squash etc. […]

Mid May ’17, sowings plantings videos weeds and news