Category Archives: Smallholding

No dig diary, 11th May 2021

I managed to get some cabbages planted today before the rain set in with a vengeance, and to remove the last few radishes from my first batch sown in February where they’d got too big and gone soft, because we … Continue reading

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Much composty hotness

I decide to have a casual check of the compost heap temperature today as we’ve been feeding a bit more volume into it now spring is finally dragging its sorry backside into gear. That’s quite warm 🙂 Hopefully it means … Continue reading

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No dig diary, 10th May 2021

Another day of weather that was generally too unpleasant to want to be outside in. Whilst it was at times beautifully sunny and warm, within ten minutes that could turn into horizontal rain, and often did 🙁 I restricted myself … Continue reading

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No dig diary, 9th May 2021

Today I sowed climbing beans (Cobra and Borlotto Lingua di Fuoco) and runner beans (Czar), the first to eat fresh and the latter two to pod and use over the winter. I also emptied out three of the pots containing … Continue reading

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There’s coriander, and then there’s coriander

The photo below is from the polytunnel, where I planted eight coriander plants from early sowings, four either side of some dill. All of these plants were sown in the same module tray and transplanted at the same time, but … Continue reading

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No dig diary, 6th May 2021

Whilst I was out swimming this afternoon, a delivery arrived that was schedule for this morning. Six more tonnes of green waste compost, now just about covered by an 8m x 5m tarpaulin. Most of it will probably sit there … Continue reading

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No dig diary, 2nd May 2021

The tomatoes and calendula appear to have survived happily enough in the polytunnel over the last week or more, so I decided today to finish planting the rest out (I only did half the bed last time, “just in case”). … Continue reading

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No dig diary, 1st May 2021

Things have been quite slow recently because of the weather. I have lots of plants waiting to be planted out, but we’re still getting frosts overnight and the air temperature is even getting below freezing in the early hours of … Continue reading

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No dig diary, 19th April 2021

As I posted a couple of days ago, most of my cucurbits have been doing fairly well, the exception being the courgettes. So today I sowed the remaining four seeds as a backup in case the others don’t germinate at … Continue reading

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No dig diary, 18th April 2021

We have potato sign! Having sulked in the ground for what seems far too long, this evening I noticed that the first early potatoes (International Kidney, planted out on 19th March) are just starting to break the surface of the … Continue reading

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