Small Garden (5) early July, new plantings for summer and autumn harvests

4th December 2018 Autumn, Small Garden, Summer, Videos

A follow-up to Small Garden of June, see how summer plantings of beans, kale, beetroot, carrots, leeks and salads have grown. Plus how the outdoor tomatoes are ripening already, early for this tempera

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Small garden (4) June, growth of spring plantings and planning for summer

4th December 2018 Small Garden, Spring, Summer, Videos

How spring plantings coped with a cold, wet April followed by a warm, dry May. Clearing spring harvests to make way for summer plantings of beans, kale, carrots, leeks and salads.

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Early summer veg garden. Harvests and speedy replant, inter-sow, weed, water. make compost

4th December 2018 Making Compost, Sowing, Summer, Videos

Summer arrives and the garden is full, with harvests happening and more to follow (this is zone 8a oceanic temperate). I show sowing and replanting to keep the harvests coming into winter, give tips o

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August blog update: sow & plant for August growth, no dig allotment, tomato tops, soybeans, apples

14th August 2018 Summer

A second spring after some rain, still warm, days reasonably long – what are you waiting for? One days growth in August is two in September, four in October, eight in November, 16 in December an

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August 18 watering, second crop, no dig mulch, diseases & pests, new sowings, onion harvests

29th July 2018 Summer

Here, July 2006 was hotter than this year. However in 2006 we had 41mm lovely rain, after 36mm in June ’06, whereas this year the figures to 28th July are 6mm & 4mm respectively, most unusual

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July 15th blog: drought & watering, small garden, heat & aubergines, lettuce; new sowings

15th July 2018 Summer

No rain since my last post, just a dusting of 4mm in June so it’s now full-on drought. At least the grass does not need mowing, but we are spending a lot of time with a hose, and I wonder what t

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July 2018 watering, trial harvests, clear and replant, compost comparisons, no dig carrots

1st July 2018 Summer

It’s a drought: June was the driest month I ever recorded, just 4mm/0.2in rain, with a lot of sun and dry breezes. At least with no dig you have roots able to access extra moisture through teami

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Mid June 18 replant, interplant, garlic rust, harvests, watering and make compost

15th June 2018 Summer

Growth is now strong and there is plenty to keep up with. See my latest video for seasonal tips, Early Summer. Read on for details. Weeding This is still a key job, keep hoeing almost-invisible and ti

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June 2018 new sowing & planting, rapid growth, compost making, no dig flowers

30th May 2018 Summer

I hope that May has been a good month for your garden, and here it certainly has. Daytime temperatures were the warmest for May since 1990, but nights were cooler until recently. Sunshine for May is w

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August ’17 update: colours, sowing tips, why so few weeds, video advice

15th August 2017 Summer

There may be some fine weather in August’s last week: St Swithin’s 40 days finishes on 24th. Here we have been watering salads a little, having been quite dry recently, but not sunny. Flowers at H

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August 2017 summer plantings, no dig trials, weed free, onions, potatoes, tomatoes, lettuce

1st August 2017 Summer

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

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July mid month: new & companion plantings, seed saving, tomato ripening, your gardens, onions, compost

15th July 2017 Summer

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,

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