Category Archives: Smallholding

No dig diary, 16th March 2022

It’s been a grey and wet day today, so I chose not to do anything out in the open. I did however transplant my first batch of radishes (sown 13th February) and peas for shoots (sown 9th February) into the … Continue reading

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Yet another trailer load of woodchip

This is mostly from the hedge work I did yesterday. Whilst sycamore seems to chip very nicely, some trees that have softer, more “whippy” twigs can end up just having them cut into long strips. Fortunately I think most of … Continue reading

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Would you like some roast dinner with your parsnip?

This may well be the biggest I’ve ever grown! It’s not my intention to have them so big. This year I’m going to try growing some closer together in an attempt to restrict the size.

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No dig diary, 13th March 2022

Today I have been sowing more peas for shoots and radishes, peas for, err, peas, sugar snap peas and a few flowers (nasturtiums and cosmos), until I ran out of seed compost, so sieving some more is now on my … Continue reading

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No dig diary, 12th March 2022

No sowing today. Mostly I’ve been thinning the hedge alongside our polytunnel to stop it shading the tunnel quite so much. Not much time left for doing this sort of stuff now. Spring hasn’t arrived here yet, but driving into … Continue reading

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No dig diary, 5th March 2022

There was a little more sowing to be done today. Mostly tomatoes, but also some Romanesco Cauliflower. This year I’m trying Apero, Olivade, Costoluto Fiorentino (seed left over from last year) and Amish Paste tomatoes, together with some random red … Continue reading

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Smoke #4

We’ve eaten all the smoked cheese from my previous experiments which were certainly considered a success, so it is time to try some more. I’ve read that as far as cheddar is concerned it really makes no odds whether it’s … Continue reading

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A short-distance hive move

I’ve been needing to move a couple of colonies from my old apiary site on one side of the house to a new site on the other side of the house for a while and planned to have it all … Continue reading

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No dig diary, 28th February 2022

I forgot to take a photo of the polytunnel garlic yesterday, so here it is today. I really can’t believe it’s so tall so soon.

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No dig diary, 26th February 2022

Very busy day today, kicking off early doors with the builder coming over to replace the roof tile that went AWOL during the storms. He left with a box full of swede, cabbage, parsnips, sprouts and leeks so I think … Continue reading

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