“The Tardis” or Greenhouse, Autumn Ready

We’ve finished working on the greenhouse structure, it’s been cleaned, oiled and bombed, the floor has been repainted and the staging re-erected, I took half of it out in April to make room for the tomatoes and aubergines but need it over the autumn, winter and spring seasons.

This morning I cleaned the heated propagator and put it back in position at the far end of the

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Harvest and Store Stuttgarter Onions

I harvested these around the middle of August having planted the sets at the end of February. They were kept on drying racks in the garage for 3 weeks as the weather was too varied to leave them to dry outside on the soil. There was around 90% success rate from the sets. Yesterday I decided to plait them and Continue reading “Harvest and Store Stuttgarter Onions”

Greenhouse Bombed

Not literally of course but figuratively in that we used a sulphur candle to clear away unwanted pests. But I’m ahead of myself, let me explain.
We bought the greenhouse 2 years past in February and it hasn’t been properly cleaned or had any maintenance done to it since. So a few hours yesterday and today were given over to this.

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The Continuing Story of Pig Trough Gardening – Part 2

I’m sorry to tell you that the pig feeder as a garden trough failed because it had no drainage holes in the bottom. Random Thoughts, an engineer in the USA, kindly commented suggesting that I use a piece of cloth as a wick to draw the water out of the bottom of the trough and it did, but a bit too slowly, so the trough became waterlogged. Look at this:-

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Pig Trough Gardening

I visited our local auction house T W Gaze last week looking for some plants, however in the Deadstock Meadow sale I saw a pig trough aka a pig feeder. Made from cast iron it is very heavy yet I wondered if I could make it do duty as a plant pot. These are sometimes referred to as Mexican hats and you can see why. Continue reading “Pig Trough Gardening”

Sandy Gains Weight


Sandy slouched through the kitchen as I was eating dinner the other day, the way he moved made me look again, yes he was heavier than he used to be, I wondered if he knew.

“Hey fella, you getting a bit podgy?”

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Barham Hall

 A Visit To Barham Hall, Church Lane, Barham, Ipswich, Suffolk IP6 0PT Sunday 2/7/2017
The garden at Barham opens once a year on a Sunday around the end of June, hosted this year by “The Great Garden Trail” in aid of St Elizabeth Hospice, 565 Foxhall Road, IP3 8LX Ipswich, Suffolk.

Tickets are £3 for adults and £1.50 for children under 16. Plenty of well organised parking is available and is included in the ticket price.

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