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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),...

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Primed for growth?

Is this the next big thing in Vegetable gardening? Mr Fothergills launched 'Optigrow' seeds at GLEE 2017 - this range of 20 veg varieties have all been 'primed' ready to germinate quicker than regular seeds. I can see this might be helpful if it gives veggies a head...

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My Garden right now – September

I missed the June 'My Garden right now'. I think I was busy preparing for opening our garden for the NGS open garden scheme. It took us about three months of intensive effort to get the garden to an acceptable standard and even then it was far from perfect. I was so...

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Success!

Our first garden opening went well. Apart from a brief spell of drizzle the weather was co-operative and the feedback was positive with some excellent, constructive comments. A number of visitors asked if there could be a garden tour to help them understand how the...

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Jack, you meanie – April frosts of 2017

Since Monday night the garden has been the scene of a struggle between the two faces of the best season of the year. Like good versus evil the killer frosts of the night have been slogging it out against the naively enthusiastic force of new growth. We know that April...

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When shelter becomes shade

Tucked into a little valley on the Western edge of the New Forest our garden is sheltered from all but the East wind and that can be a plant killer. 20 years ago we planted a long row of mixed deciduous but early leafing trees to block the biting easterlies. Thanks to...

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My Garden Right NOW

The Western edge of the New Forest is wet at this time of year. My soil is clay on top of solid clay and so once the earth has reached saturation level the run off is alarming...it certainly was yesterday. We had the heaviest rain for almost a year and it just ran off...

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Bushwhacking

About fifteen years ago, more like twenty actually I extended the area of our garden dramatically. It was part of my ornamental grasses phase, that phase never really went away and neither have the grasses, however, while the grasses thrived so did brambles, and Ash...

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Carley in Coreopsis

Going back to 2004 while checking some older images I found this shot of Carley in the annual flower meadow in my garden. This was a Pictorial Meadows mix in the early days when they offered just a few mix options. There was a strong bias towards Coreopsis but that...

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1888 and all that

As a youngster my favourite climbing tree was an old, leaning Pear tree close to the cottage. The lean made it an easy climb as did the gnarly, spiralled bark. In the Summer I could perch up there immersed in the shiny green leafery and be unseen by passers by. In the...

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