Wartime Wednesday: Planting Garlic

Wartime Wednesday: Planting Garlic

After 3 weeks (2 ‘official’, 1 trial) living on a modern version of the wartime rations, Ryan and I are calling it a day. We’re not hungry, and we’re not bored with the food. What we’ve found is that we live within the ration of meat, fats and dairy...
The Onion Club

The Onion Club

When the weather was still warm and dry, I lifted my onion crop. According to last year’s records, I planted 60 onion sets in 6 rows of 10 on 12th September 2017. I left them outside to dry, but then the weather turned wetter and I had to bring them inside to...
Planning the 2019 garden

Planning the 2019 garden

In Keep Calm and Grow Your Own I was pondering the wisdom of stockpiling a few essentials in case leaving the EU causes some disruption to our (rather precarious) food supplies, but also thinking about what we could grow next year – to keep us fed in the...
Green beany babies

Green beany babies

Last year I thought I’d planted climbing French beans in the garden, and was later disappointed to find out that I’d sown a dwarf variety! This year I rectified that issue and sowed two different climbing beans – Blauhilde and Helda at the beginning...
Easter in the garden

Easter in the garden

Happy Easter! It has been so wet the last few days that a canoe would be of more use than a wheelbarrow. The forecast for the week ahead doesn’t look any better, but today it has been dry all morning. Since it looks as though I am going to be crazy busy with...
Oca-li-docally

Oca-li-docally

I wasn’t going to grow oca (Oxalis tuberosa) last year, but I wanted to support The Guild of Oca Breeders (GOB) in their efforts to breed new varieties more suited to the UK climate, and so I ended up with one of their supporter packs (which are sold out for...