Category Archives: Edible growing

Pot potatoes – our ‘feature’ for 2016

March 1st: it should have been a presage of spring but after a wonderful bright day yesterday, we woke up to ‘mist and murk’, wind and rain again. I cancelled the usual Tuesday workday as it was very wet outdoors. … Continue reading

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Treating the trees and lulling the children

It should have been an easy mechanical fix: attaching grease bands around the bottom of the trunks of our fruit trees. These are supposed to trap winter moth caterpillars and maybe also ants which ‘farm’ the aphids which have so … Continue reading

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The awaited and the unexpected

 Great day – bright blue sky, fresh and airy, it was bliss being out in the garden. The high winds have died down. After more rain, things are happening everywhere. Last week’s lettuce seeds have germinated, the cavalo nero is looking refreshed and plentiful … Continue reading

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It’s not blight – phew!

Almost a week on … and the sickly tomato seedlings which we potted up into 3-4 ltr pots last week are looking so much better. Thank goodness – it wasn’t blight but malnutrition and cold. I’m always surprised how quickly seedlings … Continue reading

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Aphids in the orchard

SAT 7th June 10.30 – 4.00pm SHAFTESBURY PLACE. Celebrate 150 years of Brighton to Seaford railway with coffee/tea and homemade cake, exhibition, open garden, cookery demo, model railway display, music, picnic, guided walk, etc.  See ‘Events’ ______________________________________________________________ It’s not a … Continue reading

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Catching up on the new season

SAT 7th June 10.30 – 4.00pm SHAFTESBURY PLACE. Celebrate 150 years of Brighton to Seaford railway with coffee/tea and homemade cake, exhibition, open garden, model railway display, music, picnic, guided walk, etc.  More under ‘Events’ ______________________________________________________________ It’s a typical May … Continue reading

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Update on the orchard

Our mini-orchard of cordoned apples and pears is springing back to life. But there’s a bit of a problem in one of the pear trees. Some of the leaves are mottled with light-coloured blotches which are starting to turn brown … Continue reading

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