Coming to the end of the season

Our days have remained hot, 27 degrees Celsius on the day I started writing this, but our nights are starting to cool. The mornings greet us with crisp air signifying the change from summer to autumn, and you can feel the shift of seasons happening each day. We have a few weeks of official summer…

What to sow in September

Autumn is just under a month away, and the spring sown crops are ending. Cold nights and cooler days are coming, but there are still things you can grow from seed before putting the veg patch to bed or planting out a winter crop. The key to selecting your plants for sowing at this time…

Heatwave in the UK

Recently, a heatwave swept across the UK, and I have had to look at how I can help keep my plants and animals alive. The heatwaves are not over, and we can expect more in the coming month.

Decoy Planting to Protect Vegetables

Over the past few months, I have invested time, energy and money into growing plants to produce food. Finding missing seedlings or leaves stripped bare by slugs and other pests can be very demotivating. In previous years I would have put slug pellets down around my plants to protect them. This year I wanted to…

Progress – Vegetable Garden

In my last few blog posts, I have talked about getting behind on this year’s growth (The first sowing of 2022, Better Late than Never & Transplanting from greenhouse to veg patch). In part, this was due to the fantastic weather we had in April and May, which felt more like summer than spring, but…

Transplanting from greenhouse to veg patch

The months are passing quickly, and I feel I am running behind, but today I have been able to get outside and transplant some plants from my greenhouse to the vegetable patch. I’ve spent a fair amount of time preparing the vegetable patch, which has delayed transplanting by a few weeks. Last year we put…

February Tasks 2022

February has been here for a couple of weeks, and we are heading towards spring. There are still things to do while the weather is cold, and most plants lay dormant, waiting for the ground to warm. February is usually a month of chilly mornings, hard frosts, and gloomy days; not much will germinate in…

Reflecting on 2021 and looking to 2022

2021 2021, like the year before, was disrupted by COVID-19, lockdowns and supply shortages but not by building work. This was the first growing season since our extension was completed allowing me to start seeing the space I will develop over the coming years. The Garden I have started to segment my front and back…

Autumn Video

Autumn has arrived and its getting cooler. Autumn provides a time for reflection, planning and keeping up with tasks.