Runner Bean Trench

Today I dug my runner bean trench.  That’s when I know that the vegetable season has really taken off.  The only problem was that the raised bed still had purple sprouting broccoli and red onions growing in it.  The broccoli has been sweet and tasty but has not produced many heads. I was holding out for a few more before I cut it down but I needed the space so out it had to come.  I harvested a good armful of broccoli leaves though. They make a rather good cabbage substitute.  The onions were more difficult – they aren’t mature … Continue reading Runner Bean Trench

Positive externalities revisited

My first post on this blog was ‘Positive externalities– or why everyone should dig up their front drives and plant flowers’ .  It told the story of a small child and their mother, coming into my front garden to sniff the flowers.  It summed up for me what gardening is all about. That was nearly a year ago and I was reminded of it by a story in the news today about the Chelsea Flower Show where the Royal Horticultural Society has been highlighting the problem of gardens being turned into car parks. Here are some photos from the front garden … Continue reading Positive externalities revisited

Not blogging

Just a little apology to any followers and anyone I’m following.  I’ve been a little distracted over the the last couple of weeks – work, family wedding, General Election in the UK (least said the better), more work, train travel – so the garden and the blog have been immensely neglected.  And I haven’t even been able to look at all my favourite fellow garden bloggers’ sites either.  I’ve caught up with a few of you on the train home and will pop in with some likes and comments soon.  Meanwhile my assistants tell me that they have cut the … Continue reading Not blogging

A muddy treat

The rain was unrelenting and the lawn was turning into a swamp, so today seemed like the best time to tackle the holes round the pond.  I put on my wellies, filled a bucket with sand from my stockpile and began to tackle the mess of mud, holes and moss.  That’s when I realised I should be thanking the magpies for making the holes.  Under all the moss, I uncovered the original edge, which had crept in about six inches all round, reducing the overall size of the pond. Eventually it would have filled it in completely, leaving only a … Continue reading A muddy treat

Frozen sweetcorn

It was a choice between the sweetcorn and the melons.  Something had to go out to the seedhouse when the windowsill overflowed last week.  So the sweetcorn went out to join the Brussels sprouts and lettuce seedlings. In the seedhouse the temperature has varied from 40º C during the day to -2º C at night. Maybe there’s a clue there – sprouts, sweetcorn, subzero temperatures – not words that go together really. Well the picture tells the story.  The sweetcorn didn’t like it.  The lettuce and the sprouts are fine, the broad beans and radishes and other sensible cold climate … Continue reading Frozen sweetcorn