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Seedling resting on a module tray.

“The February sunshine steeps your boughs and tints the buds and swells the leaves within.” William C. Bryant January has a daily average of about eight hours of light, which climbs up to nine in February. The days are lengthening towards the… Read More

I’ve always liked the word “rustic”. To me it evokes a certain feeling – something like faded wood furniture, old 1920s tobacco tins and tumbled stone walls. It contains an association with the countryside and all its homespun simplicity And that in a way… Read More

The Illustrated Guide to Garden Pots and Planters

Growing prospects, much like the weather, are looking a bit dim as October takes hold. If, like me, you planted some autumn greens in August you might be enjoying an early harvest now. Or pulling up some late-sown radishes or beets… Read More

Grow autumn and winter lettuces.

With the days noticeably shortening, I’ve been thinking of plants that I can grow through autumn and winter. In particular, of cold-hardy lettuces. Sown now, many will be ready in only a few months. Others, which are particularly tolerant of cold… Read More

A look at homemade insecticide recipes.

My struggles with pests this year have prompted me to investigate some of the more commonly suggested home-made insecticides. Just to give you an idea, my beetroot has been beset by leaf-miners and aphids, I’ve just noticed a little family… Read More