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As the weather goes from cold to mild to cold again, one thing is constant, soil. Undisturbed, compost-mulched ground helps plants to maintain health and grow whenever conditions allow. Soon it will be all-go and we shall reap the benefit of how it’s easy and quick to plant into the […]

Mid March 2018 stocky seedlings no hardening off, broad beans ...



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Cold conditions in Europe mean a slow start to spring: it’s -7C/19F with windchill, as I write this. On the other hand there is more time to mulch and feed soil, if you have not already. Early sowings of frost hardy vegetables are fine undercover, overwintered salads and many veg […]

March ’18: sowing undercover, no dig feedback, a mound, stored ...


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Early sowings… it’s still early! The beauty of spring is that there is always more light ahead, and usually more warmth (!), so later sowings often catch up. As well as that, they grow more healthily from being less subjected to cold winds and frosty nights, which we are sure […]

February 2018: mulching with compost, few weeds, winter veg outside, ...


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It’s midwinter, so we can look forward to spring!! Including to sow seeds, just not yet except for undercover sowings of broad beans and exhibition onions. Wait for Valentines Day/mid February to make first sowings, and germinate them on a windowsill where they are warmer than outside, especially by night, […]

January 2018 the winter garden, new beds, no rush to ...




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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 here for more details. On the three strip trial, the forked beds grew […]

December 2017 trial results, storing veg for winter, compost mulches, ...