Tag: gardening

July 6, 2009

With my being away in London a lot recently, the garden has suffered. Since my last trip home, a glitch hit the automatic watering system, and we have also had some very hot weather. As a result, my fig tree has lost all of its…

June 15, 2009

While here, I have managed to have a look at the garden, and may do some more tomorrow, before going back to London. The bad news: my Pak Choi has bolted, my courgettes have withered and the strawberries appear to have been mostly eaten by…

May 23, 2009

I’m happy to say that the main pear tree is looking very healthy. I have been religiously removing leaves at the first sign of the mite, and it has kept it under control. It also has an incredible crop of pears growing – too many…

May 23, 2009

Have spent much of today in the garden, making sure it will survive my approaching holiday. The new bed is alive with lettuces and salad greens (and some very healthy-looking Pok Choi), and the last thing I want is it to die off if there…

May 3, 2009

I’ve had a couple of minor disasters in the garden this spring. Both my basket tomatoes and my courgettes got planted out way too early, resulting in a loss of plants. Until today, it has been a puzzle to me why I decided to plant…

April 23, 2009

I’m hoping that someone with some knowledge of fruit trees can help me.

I have a long established pear tree in my garden- it was here when I moved in 10 years ago.

It was badly neglected and overgrew a path, so I gave it a trim and a trellis to grow against. For a couple of years it bore some good fruit, but then went into decline. Every spring it would grow nicely, and be green, and then the leaves would get some kind of bug or mite and curl. The fruit, if any, would be scarred and not very appetising. I tried various things over the years, and ended up cutting the whole thing back to the trunk on a kind of “kill or cure” idea. This also enabled me to train it against the wall, solving the path problem.

Last year, I had no pest problem, but no flowers or fruit either. This year looked really good, with good growth, and lots of flowers. However, there are signs of the pest again.

Pictures follow after the cut.

April 20, 2009

Had a pretty busy weekend, but managed to make time for some gardening. After the Great Brassica Disaster of 2008, where I failed to harvest a single cabbage/broccoli/cauliflower, I swore that I would never grow them again. However, I was looking around one of the…

April 9, 2009

Not much change on the vegetable front. My mixed salad leaves are sprouting, but I am still waiting for everything else to to make a show.

On the fruit side, however, there is better news.

March 31, 2009

It’s been a while since I posted here – a case of being too busy doing things to sit and write about them. I’ve been bringing my garden back into shape for Spring – a little late, but never mind. This is how my garden…

January 7, 2009

Eating Well – A Diet Blog: January 7, 2009 6:03 P.M. Weight: 358.0 lbs. Last year, I was taking a small vegetable box from River Nene Organic Vegetables, once a fortnight, which pretty much sorted me out for vegetables. Then my garden started sprouting food,…

August 22, 2008

Further to my earlier posting on this subject, it seems my complaints to Hozelock didn’t go unnoticed. A couple of days ago, I received another email from them, and today arrived a complementary water butt pump. At the moment, with my rearrangement, things aren’t going…

August 14, 2008

Eating Well – A Diet Blog:August 14, 2008 5:44 P.M. Weight: 345.0 lbs. It’s been a little while since I posted about my garden here – part of the reason is that I have been… in the garden. Last year, the big disappointment I had…