July In The Vegie Patch

These root crops were sown late autumn and the reason they’re growing like little rockets is because they’re cosy beneath a cloche. That plastic skin has warmed the soil to 13°, while outside the soil’s a mere 7°. A handy option if the gardener (that’s me), can see there won’t be enough carrots come spring. […]

How To Prune Raspberries

You’ll get the best out of your raspberries with a winter prune – bigger fruits, less disease and easier picking. For Red Raspberries That Fruit In Summer Year 1 The new canes that shoot away in spring are green and fresh – these are called primocanes. Through the summer they develop fruit buds along the […]

To Copper Spray, Or Not?

Cankers, oozing sap, fruit scab, fruit rot, leaf spots, leaf curl or mildew are all signs bacteria or fungus are ruling the roost in your orchard. Today, I want to look at two ways to manage these infections: short term remedies of copper and lime sulfur, long term holistic loveliness. We don’t need to be […]

June In The Vegie Patch

Winter provides a window for fun stuff . An opportunity to give those improvements you’ve been dreaming of wings. Use the next few months to move plants, make new beds, plant trees, build or fix fences, set up irrigation, sort out the boggy patch, buy a new rose (or two) and go plant shopping (very […]