Late May 15

Most tomatoes are in the ground indoor now, ramiro peppers, pumpkins, courgettes and blue kohlrabis seeds are in pots, first white and red alpine strawberries picked, golden mangetout and peas “douce Provence” seeds in ground, planted romanesco, parsnips and different beetroot outside but weather still pretty cold. First attack of red spider mites on strawberries,…

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Late April 2015

Planted outside broadbeans and purple sprouting broccoli yesterday, picking at present: radishes, coriander and green sprouting broccoli, coming soon: strawberries, peas and mangetout at early stage, different tomatoes, chilies, peppers, beans, mint, cumin, kolhrabi and more at seedling stage.

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Filling up your raised bed

Before filling up a new raised bed, lay down a thick layer of newspapers or some flat cardboard, then fill up with a good mix of top soil and compost, rake and press down, water well and if the weather is still cold, cover with a sheet of polythene a couple of weeks before planting…

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