Pricking out the container courgettes

It wasn't long before the courgettes were ready to be pricked out. The Midnight were ready first, so they got pricked out. The original Sunstripe we sowed rotted off unfortunately, so we sowed a couple more and one of those came, so that's been pricked out now, albeit a few days later. This is the two Midnight before we... Continue Reading →

Potting up our peppers

It's that time of year where everything is growing really fast. Despite commenting in our previous blog posts about how slowwww peppers are to grow (which I still stand by overall!), they have really got a wiggle on the past couple of weeks and were ready to pot on. Although it's often tempting, you should try... Continue Reading →

Reinvigorating the mint

We're getting ready to re-plant the herb garden for 2020. And this post focuses on the mint. Although mint is a perennial plant, we find that it grows with more vigour if you take cuttings each year and re-grow it. We have three types of mint: ordinary garden mint, apple mint and black peppermint. First,... Continue Reading →

Preparing the herb garden for 2020

Some herbs are perennials (grow again year after year), but lots of the ones that we grow are annuals (you need to re-grow them every year). These are some of the herbs we have sown for this year: garlic chives, italian parsley, chives and tarragon. We also have sage and thyme which have overwintered and... Continue Reading →

Some early cropping salad too!

As well as our container courgettes, we thought we would start off some salad crops indoors. For now, we've sown some Little Gem and Iceberg lettuces and some Boston beetroot. The lettuces were initially sown in quarter seed trays, like most of our seeds, and then pricked out into these small cell trays (about 1 inch diameter). The... Continue Reading →

Early cropping container courgettes

We would usually sow our courgettes around the third week in April. This means that by the time they are ready to plant out, the chance of a frost is reduced where we live, therefore giving them the best start to their growing lives. Given the lockdown we're currently under, we thought we'd sow a... Continue Reading →

Tidying up after last year: our strawberry story

Last weekend, I did a bit of tidying of the strawberry bed. We're hoping for a slightly more successful season with the strawberries this year. There were two main reasons we think we didn't get many strawberries last year: We only bought the bare route runners quite late on in the Spring, which meant they... Continue Reading →

Putting some of the time I’m not spending commuting to good use

We've been a bit quiet on here for the past few months - we bought our first house last October, and a lot of our time since then has been spent doing various bits and pieces to do with the renovation of that! We won't bore you with too much of the detail, but hope... Continue Reading →

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