Author: Richard

There’s life in the old Tech yet

Yesterday I happened to meet someone who was on the Photography course that I ran at Hardy’s Plants back in September. During our conversation I mentioned that there is to be a Macro half day course at Hardy’s in March 2018, she expressed interest but explained that her point and shoot camera wasn’t really up to macro work. I agreed that an SLR is best and she looked concerned about the cost of that kind of camera. I said that there are very competent used DSLR’s available for little money that can do a great job of macro and...

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Exciting news!

Furzehill Farm Garden is a wildlife garden, we try to plant, manage and grow so that a broad range of wildlife is not just attracted but nurtured by our plot. For many years I have been keen to improve the suitability of our three small fields for wildlife so that they work alongside the garden as a reservoir of wildlife diversity and sustainability. We have been held back by lack of resources (money). Some of the work needed, primarily fencing is costly and beyond our means. The good news is that thanks to the New Forest National Park’s Better...

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Mahonia ‘Winter Sun’

I enjoy seasonal milestones, the familiar things that come round every year. I don’t mean festivals like Christmas or the clocks changing. I mean the natural things that might get missed by folks not lucky enough to live in the country. Examples are the Ash leaf fall, Cuckoo pint leaves poking through, fresh Honeysuckle leaves in Winter, precocious Hazel catkins, the sound of the first Fieldfares. I have been wanting to chronicle these special things for ages and never got round to it but a reawakened interest in Haiku has encouraged me. I can use a few words and...

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Here we go again..

September is the time that NGS open gardeners have to decide if they will open again and if so when. We deliberated long and hard, it’s a big commitment and the decision time coincides with having to make up our minds about holidays as well so there’s a lot to consider. Our 2017 open garden experience was a good one, mainly thanks to the willingness of neighbours and friends to help out…would they be up for doing it all over again? … probably. So we are going for it, the second and third Sundays in June, a week later...

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Shiny Onions from seed ‘Amposta’ and ‘Carmen’

Fungal disease has made growing Onions difficult here at Furzehill Farm so this year we decided to spread the risk by growing from seed and sets and using several different varieties. Frome seed we used three varieties, Golden Bear (supposedly resistant to white rot), Amposta and Karmen (Carmen) the last two being red skinned. Our set raised Onion s were planted in late February and grew very fast and did look too green and healthy, no surprise that as has happened in past years they succumbed to fungal disease and the crop was about halved as a result. The...

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