Category Archives: growing things

Hydroponics

Chris Wimmer of Captain Hydroponics recently dropped me an email to say hi. Having recently visited the Biospheric Foundation in Salford and seen their experimental urban aquaponics setup, I was interested and asked him a little more about hydroponics. Chris … Continue reading

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The Garden Project: 2013 problems

Following up on this year’s successes, here are the problems that I’d like to fix for next year. Two of the raised beds had ongoing problems with seeds just not germinating, or germinating then being munched by snails. The bed … Continue reading

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Garlic and snails

Busy times over here, with Leon starting to walk and lots of summer fun stuff happening. I’ve harvested my garlic, and for the first time ever got a really decent crop (14 bulbs) which look like they’ll be very usable. … Continue reading

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Anti-snail defences

My grape vine has been getting munched up by (I assume) the snails; and one of my (still tiny) courgette plants is looking at risk too. After perusing the Organic Gardening Catalogue, I have acquired a set of little spiky … Continue reading

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Northern-facing and shade-tolerant edibles

I’m currently planning planting for two shady areas: our front balcony and our front porch. Both of them are north-facing, so I’ve been researching north-facing and shade-tolerant edibles which will grow in containers. Most edible plants do prefer full sun; … Continue reading

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Replanning the herb garden

I took advantage of a brief sunny period mid-week to go out and rearrange the herb patch. Sadly I don’t have a very good before photo, but this one from this time last year is a reasonable representation: This is … Continue reading

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New year, new growth

I don’t really do resolutions per se (this post by Meg Barker is excellent on the matter). But if you looked out, on a bright, sunny New Year morning, at your patio (or balcony, or windowbox…) and thought about growing … Continue reading

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Book!

My book, Permaculture in Pots, is now out! It looks absolutely fantastic — everyone involved has done an amazing job, and I’m thrilled that it’s made it all the way to print now. Should you want a copy, it’s available … Continue reading

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Tidying up the garden for the winter

At the weekend I hoicked out the tomatoes (getting a fair crop of green tomatoes in the process), courgettes, gone-to-seed lettuce, and a bundle of unexpected carrots, to clear some space before winter. I also dug over the compost and … Continue reading

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Adventures in Parenting: food from the garden

It’s taken a looong time this year (possibly because of June’s dreadful weather), but finally I am regularly harvesting food from the garden*. Carrots (my first ever really decent carrot crop!), courgettes, little cherry tomatoes, chard, and the last of … Continue reading

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