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Summer in the garden

After my post a few weeks ago about a lack of bees, there are more about in both gardens than there were.  The Borderland garden is now absolutely buzzing with both bees and other insects.  The Telford garden has less, but … Continue reading

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Evaluating 2013 in the Telford garden

Our house in Telford went up for sale in the late spring of 2013.  As yet it has not sold but the year began with the clear possibility in mind that we may not see the growing season out in … Continue reading

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Delights in the Mid Winter Garden

I would contend that a garden of edible perennials must be one of the few to yield delights in the cold and often bleak mid winter months.  I have left a number of root vegetables in the ground over the … Continue reading

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Comparing microclimates

I have two gardens in very different locations and they are not behaving as I had expected in respect of responses to the oncoming winter.  The first is a suburban garden and is about 500 feet above sea level.  The second … Continue reading

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Autumn Tidy Up

This weekend I have had an opportunity to get out into the Telford garden enjoying the golden autumn sunshine and doing some tidying up.  I have not had much time to spend in this garden over the summer and until … Continue reading

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Ad hoc polycultures

If you have read this blog before you will know that this year I have started a new garden this year, up in the hills on the border between Wales and England.  The general plan is along the lines of … Continue reading

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The garden is bursting with life!

Just a quick post to say that after the ravages of the bad winter, freezing spring and the garden being battered by the erection of new fencing – it now looks wonderful and absolutely bursting with growth. Hidden in the … Continue reading

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Winter Harvest

It is 28 January (2013) and there are still a few small fingers of ice on the lawn, the remnants of the frozen carpet that had been in place for nine days.  The photo below was taken some time during … Continue reading

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Reviewing 2012

Yet again the weather over the past twelve months has been really challenging.  2011 was uncharacteristically dry and 2012 was unbelievably wet.  It is therefore really gratifying that in the main my perennial veggies have grown well and yielded more … Continue reading

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Getting out in the rain to harvest some root veggies

Oca plants need time after the autumn equinox to form tubers.  The top growth is felled by hard frosts and they continue to work below ground for some weeks afterwards.  I dug up a few plants in early December.  They … Continue reading

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