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harvest only enough

This is a bumper summer for soft fruit – the first really good year since the garden began.  Despite the soaring temperatures and almost total lack of rain the currants and berries have produced amazingly well.  One of the blackcurrants … Continue reading

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Enjoying a summer’s day

It is 16th July and the sun has come out after a dull morning. I would have liked rain as it has been incredibly dry for this part of the world, but despite that most plants are doing well (and … Continue reading

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Seen on holiday …..

Just a mention of a few things I noticed whilst having a short camping break this weekend. Firstly, I know it must take a lot of effort to keep camping grounds in order and many sites work hard to landscape with trees, … Continue reading

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The Wild Edges of the Garden

I am reading Glennie Kindred’s book “Letting in the Wild Edges” http://permanentpublications.co.uk/port/letting-in-the-wild-edges-by-glennie-kindred and had it in mind this morning when I was out in the wild edges of my (Telford) garden. For one reason and another I have not had much time … Continue reading

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Layers of fruity delights

Birds are notoriously fond of soft fruit and many gardeners take the precaution of growing blackcurrants and raspberries etc under netting or in fruit cages.  A few years ago I planted two blackcurrant bushes in the combined shade of a … Continue reading

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Creating a new polyculture bed

This summer I have become more convinced that depth of soil is a super important factor in determining how well plants grow.  This is mainly due to observation of plants in deeper beds performing better than those in shallower soil.  I … Continue reading

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