So I treated myself to a smoker. A cabinet with an electric element that heats a bowl of wood chips or wood dust. You can cold smoke food with it or more easily hot smoke food. There are plenty of websites going into the ins and outs of smoking food but as it is not [...]
BBC News – Common weed petty spurge ‘could treat’ skin cancer.
Well this one has been a known herbal remedy for years. And I mean a lot of years. I find it amusing that the doctors say to not self medicate for risk of skin burns etc. People under the guidance of wise women and [...]
Well it was warme enough and sunny enough in the garden today to get out and spread some lovely muck around the beds in preparation for planting (soon!). I’m now thinking about what chillie peppers to grow and am thinking of focussing on the Scotch Bonnets as I think I’ve now got the measure of [...]
So the garden has been blanketed in about 20cms of snow. It arrived one night and gave us enough for a fantastic day of sledding. The weather had been very cold for a few days and simply finished off any of the half tender plants in the garden. I know I’ve blogged about this before [...]
Now is the time to start getting your beg plot prepared for the next growing season. This means making sure the soil is in the best condition for whatever you’ll be growing in it. By laying down a thick mulch of well rotted manure you’ll be creating great conditions for your hungry veg next year. [...]
My main project this year is to get the garden much more productive:
Get rid of the frou frou wooden growing beds and go back to a single bordered growing patch on one side of the vegetable bed. Easier to dig over and much easier to get manure on to. Spread manure everywhere. The garden is [...]
Now I won’t be posting too much about the chooks as there are plenty of websites that know hundreds times more than me. Suffice to say we’ll eat the eggs and get loads of lovely fertilizer from the ladies. The photo shows Luigi our Blue Haze (named by one of our young sons). We have [...]
Loads of press and publicity today for a study carried out by the food standards agency into the benefits of Organic food versus food produced intensively or with man made chemical support. Full article here. Now I thought long and hard about this as I am vey pro the scientific method but whichever way I [...]
Every trendy supplement in the Sunday papers carries articles in the growth of grow your own veg. Trendy restaurants are promoting the values of seasonal produce. Supermarkets are starting to source locally grown produce. The waiting lists on allotments have grown so long that in some places they are being shut down. Is all of this [...]
… and hot. We really need some rain or everthing in the veg patch will wilt. I hate using the hosepipe excessively. My ground planted blueberries have already shrivelled up their harvest. They were really not at all happy about the neglect.