October ’18 vegetable beauty, last new plantings, Q’s answered on no dig beds

30th September 2018 Autumn

Quite soon the switch flicks and the last joys of summer cede to cooler and above all darker days. We have had many cool nights already and some ground frost, then many days of sunshine and temperatur

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Sept. 15th sow salads for winter, no dig, small garden, harvests, watering

15th September 2018 Autumn

If you have not already sown salads for cropping undercover through winter and into spring, NOW is the moment. So they have time to establish before winter, make decent roots then crop in cool weather

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September 18 easier watering no dig, plant and sow now, interplant, sweet pepper success

31st August 2018 Autumn

September looks dry for much of the UK: no dig means easier watering, see below. There are still plantings for outdoor veg and sowings for veg under cover. August gave welcome rain at times, 85mm/3.4i

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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 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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May 15th 2018 planting, picking leaves, weed thoroughly, plant supports, removing covers, compost quality

16th May 2018 Spring

May is proving way sunnier than April, as spring merges into summer. However there are still cool nights – we are forecast a ground frost on 18th. I hope you are enjoying some fine leafy harvest

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May 2018 uncover beds, potting compost & no dig trials, sowing & planting

30th April 2018 Spring

We can hope for better weather in May… after the least sunny April I have ever recorded. Temperatures however were close to normal, thanks to the cloud cover keeping nights mild and frost-free. Soon

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April 2018 mid month: propagation, planting tips, make compost, weather damage, picking salad leaves

15th April 2018 Spring

The first two weeks of April here were more like December, in terms of light levels. However after the new moon tonight (15th-16th) and it’s associated rain, there is a change to ten days of warmer

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Mid March 2018 stocky seedlings no hardening off, broad beans & onions, potatoes later planting, stored cabbage & onion

16th March 2018 Spring

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 b

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March ’18: sowing undercover, no dig feedback, a mound, stored veg, pea shoots

27th February 2018 Spring

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 s

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