Back in January the weather was miserable. It was cold. It was dark. You'd go to bed in darkness and if you have a normal day job you'd end up getting up in darkness too. Horrid. It's like that here every year. But this year we were on a "Level 5 lockdown" due to the COVID-19 pandemic. So we're all restricted to our homes and most things are closed. So you've got the … [Read more...] about Gardening Weather?
One of the positive aspects of being stuck at home is that you find yourself doing things you normally wouldn't. For me that's meant a few things. I've been cooking a lot more than I would normally so I've been able to experiment with recipes I'd normally have avoided. So I've had a reasonable degree of success stuffing courgettes for example. Of course I've also had a … [Read more...] about Catching up on Stuff I’ve Been Avoiding
A couple of years ago, after moving into my house, I started growing herbs in my garden. They've worked out pretty well, though they didn't really appreciate the hot weather last summer. However the berries that I planted back then weren't exactly a "roaring success". It's taken two years for any of the bushes to bear any fruit and what fruit there has been so far wouldn't … [Read more...] about Berries!
While picking up the odd herb plant in a supermarket can help to add one or two varieties to my herb garden it's not really going to work if I want to really expand the range of herbs I have growing. Supermarkets will generally stock mint, basil and maybe one or two other varieties of herb. They're not going to have a full range of herbs for you to choose from. But a decent … [Read more...] about Doubling the Herb Garden
Last year I started planting a small herb garden. I've no plans to have an elaborate herb garden, but as someone who enjoys cooking I want to have a reasonable selection of commonly used herbs that I can pick (or cut) fresh. I started out last year with some of the more commonly used ones, including thyme, bay leaves and mint. Now, around a year later, I'm adding to that with … [Read more...] about Improving the Herb Garden