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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...

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...

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,...

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...

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),...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...