Friday, 14 October 2016

Garden: Autumn Colours.

Temperatures dropping into single figures for the first time since the early spring, leaves changing colour and collecting in little heaps beneath the trees, misty mornings and the village full of drifting woodsmoke: Autumn is well and truly here.

Last of the dhalia blooms - Tartan

Chard Bright Lights catching the morning sun. These plants will feed us right through until late spring. Unless the voles get them!

Wednesday, 5 October 2016

2016 Tomato Review.

It is always with a bit of a heavy heart that I strip out the tomato plants at the end of summer, a real indicator that autumn is here. Well, in a good year: I have been know to have lost the lot by late August if the wretched blight is bad enough. It seems such a shame as we may not see a frost before December so, in theory, they could keep on giving right through the autumn. In 2011 we were lucky enough to still be picking outdoor peppers two weeks before Christmas.

Sunday, 25 September 2016

Garden: Hugelkultur - First Steps in Permaculture

I am a lazy gardener. That, plus the recent onset of rheumatoid disease, has led me to adopt a largely no-dig approach in my vegetable garden; I say largely because I do engage in the occasional frenzied forking-over sessions to try and discourage the mole and more particularly the field voles. You can read my latest vole rant Here.

Whilst reading up on trying to run a no dig system in tandem with lots of happily digging mammals, I came across a reference to Hugelkultur and more importantly, Hugelkultur raised beds, a highly moisture retentive construction of decaying timber topped with soil.

Sunday, 11 September 2016

Silent Sunday: Salers, Cantal.

Ancient buildings, fantastic scenery and beautiful cattle brought back from the brink of extinction - three days in the Auvergne.