Seasonal Updates




16.10.16, the middle of autumn and there is still no frost here, though I hear that some valleys and northern areas of Britain have frozen a little.  Because of autumn’s increasing mildness, over the last three decades* at least, I sowed my brassica salads for winter a whole ten days […]

October ’16 update: mulches, brassicas, carrots dig/no dig, sedum




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At Homeacres, the first ten days of September were a gardener’s dream. Summer warmth continuing, of (average) 14C 57F by night and 21C 70F by day, also with 47mm (1.9in) rain falling onto dry soil. I have noticed very few weed seeds germinating after the rain, except where soil was […]

Sept. update sow winter salad, harvest seed, rotation, two failures






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A question from my inbox: “I’ve not seen mentioned how Charles continues to keep his gardens thriving. Is it just adding more compost? Does he fertilize?” The answer is no fertilisers one application of compost, mostly in early winter. Compost is soil food, storing nutrients until plants ask for them, […]

July update, potato and onion harvests, compost quality, saving seed, ...