Six on Saturday – 16/10/2021

There is still plenty of flower in the garden, a pretty good week weather wise has even produced a bit of an improvement on my Dahlias, with Salvias, Fuchsias, Plectranthus and Begonias still going strong. I've been getting stuck into autumn jobs, essentially moving things around, getting things in for winter and chopping things down.…

Harvest time – 2, (water harvesting, that is)

A couple of years ago I posted a piece about my water harvesting setup. I just read it through and realise that for most people it is much more complicated than necessary. I want to describe a relatively simple way to increase water storage, based on part of my system. Sue’s glasshouse has a footprint…

Six on Saturday 11/9/2021

This week saw some significant rain, which was very welcome except that most of the paths are now almost impassable. The curtain is beginning to go up on the last act for this year, with Asters opening, Nerine pushing up and Hedychiums flowering. With our NGS openings I've acquired a dead-heading habit that has stood…

Soil, getting it good and keeping it that way.

I’ve had my allotment since April 2013 and have been a committed no-digger since about two years in. I could see what was happening to my soil, the good structure (aggregation into granules) that it had when I started very quickly started to break down. I stopped digging and divided the plot into beds about…