How to protect fruit trees from frost

How to protect fruit trees from frost

When I woke up yesterday morning, it was misty. We’re approaching the middle of October, which is the usual time for the first frosts of autumn in my part of the UK. People in different areas are already reporting the arrival of the frosts on Twitter. This means...
Grow your own duck food

Grow your own duck food

An example of what not to feed to ducks! Many years ago, long before my gardening obsession began, I spent a season or two living in a ground floor flat in Newbury that had patio doors that opened onto a backwater. Shortly after moving in we made friends with the...
Glutbusters: March 2016

Glutbusters: March 2016

For this month’s edition of Glutbusters I thought I would herald the imminent start of the new growing season by concentrating on some useful techniques – I’ll do the basics now, in part 1, and come back to look at some other methods next month. If...
How to store tubers for planting

How to store tubers for planting

The arrival of some ulluco (Ulluco tubers) tubers from Incredible Vegetables left me pondering how best to store them until it’s time to plant them out (after the risk of frost has passed, in spring). Given that I also have mashua and oca tubers kicking around...
How to grow courgettes/ zucchini

How to grow courgettes/ zucchini

Courgette ‘Rugosa fruilana’, the ugly sister I enjoy growing a variety called ‘Rugosa friulana’, which is fiendishly ugly. The fruits are a pale yellow colour, and warty. They’re used in the same way as regular courgettes, but they tend to have a...