Spring Disease: Managing Fungus

By far and away the most common cause of garden disease is airborne fungi and the mild moist conditions of spring set the scene for primary infections of rust, black spot, leaf curl, shot hole, brown rot and other fungal delights. As I write this it’s raining and cool, the kind of conditions that strike […]

Pump Up Your Fruit Production

Today I’m sharing a September task that’ll really up your fruit production. It’s time to tie down young branches, to change their direction from up to out. Especially important on young fruit trees that you are shaping into perfect specimens. Also for older trees that have had an old branch removed and a newbie has […]

Get The Chooks On The Job!

Every autumn I sow a mustard greencrop in the greenhouse beneath the tomatoes and peppers. Mustard for soil is like lemon juice for livers – a deep cleanse, (or biofumigant if you want the techy term). A soil cleanse like this is especially important where the solanaceae family (tomatoes, peppers, eggplants) has been. Come July, […]

Broccoli and Leek Tart

A quick and easy tart jam packed with broccoli – perfect for using up the forest of broccoli shoots that fill the winter garden (and a fresh take on broccoli for dinner!). Add some sweet sweet leeks, and encase it all in my buttery, machine free pastry = tea time heaven. Grease a loose bottom, […]