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Shallots – Seed or Sets?, French or Dutch? Thursday 4 February 2016

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It is a long time since I grew Shallots – I’m not the chef, just the vegetable grower, and in that role I had assumed that Shallots are the equivalent of small Onions (whilst I was aware that Shallots keep better than Onions, we’ve never had a problem storing Onions) and Chef has never expressed a wish for any additional variants of Onions for the kitchen. But this year’s goal is Maximum Flavour and in reading-around I now realise that the flavour of Shallots will benefit some types of cooking, so I bought a packet of seed (Shallot “Zebrune”).

Shallot Zebrune

Shallot Zebrune

I wasn’t sure about sowing time as my regular gardening books tend to refer to Sets, rather than Seed, for both Onions and Shallots, and Joy Larkcom says “Sow indoors in early spring like Bulb Onions on Page XXX” … well, the Bulb Onion page talks about making an early start (i.e. early January), under cover which is indeed what I do, but despite the mild Winter and the first Daffs being in flower I wouldn’t call that “Early Spring”! so I went on a research hunt with Google; that is always a time-consuming exercise as I get side tracked easily, and of course “Ask two gardeners and get three opinions” also applies so I’m often more confused at the end than I was at the start.

The two main conflicting opinions I read were “True Shallots cannot be grown from seed” and “All commercially grown Shallots are grown from seed“. What this translates into, I believe!, is that the Shallots favoured for flavour are vegetatively reproduced because they don’t set any seed, this includes varieties like Échalote Grise (which is French for Grey Shallot), Longor (the Jersey Shallot) and Hative de Niort. I’ve bought some sets of the first two from The Garlic Farm in the Isle of Wight; they should really have been planted in the Autumn, but The Garlic Farm were very helpful and said they do have growers who buy & plant in the Spring, so I will pot them up (either that or start them in modules) and put them in the greenhouse for a bit so they can get a wiggle on.

Shallot Échalote Grise

Shallot Échalote Grise

The seed raised shallots are perhaps best termed “Dutch Shallots”, seed being produced for commercial growers (although I presume that in France their culinary varieties are indeed grown from offsets from the previous year’s crop) and given my new found enthusiasm for the French Shallots I was sitting on the fence about whether to bother with the Shallot seed I had bought – that was until I had watched some YouTubes from Dan’s “Allotment Diary” (the moment his videos launch with his customary “Hi Folks” I am immediately cheered up, along with his stock phrases like “just a quick update” which then becomes a well informed education lesson). I watched his video on sowing & growing Shallots and looking back through his YouTube history I can see he’s made a similar video every year for quite some time, going back to the point at which he first tried them and then waxed lyrical about how much better [he thought] they were than Onions (“Once you’ve tried them you’ll always grow them again“), so I’m sold!

Links:

The Garlic Farm, Suttons Seeds Shallot Zebrune, Dan’s Allotment Diary : Growing Giant Banana Shallots : You must try these ! on YouTube. If you don’t already know Dan’s videos it is worth looking out for his Pottery Videos too, he’s a talented lad, eh?, and I particularly liked his video about making a Recorder [musical instrument] out of a Carrot, which he seemed to do effortlessly.

 

Vegetable Seed Sowing for 2016 has Started Wednesday 3 February 2016

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I’ve made a start, later and more shaky than normal, on my vegetable seed sowing for the season ahead. My usual vegetable seed-sowing routine used to start with the Wyevale Seed Sale, just after August Bank Holiday, when seed packets were sold off for 50p each. They may have had a sale in 2015, but I skipped it; I have always got on well with Suttons Seeds, and conversely I’ve had a fair bit of bother with Thompson and Morgan, and in 2015 my local Wyevale only stocked T&M seeds so I didn’t bother to look out for the sale.

Times move on in other ways too, for the last couple of years I’ve augmented my seed purchases from Premier Seeds Direct (on eBay) as most of their seed packets are 99p and contain a decent number of seeds.

Premier Seeds Direct -  Seed Packet

Premier Seeds Direct – Seed Packet

I’ve been meaning to give MoreVeg a go, as well as Just Seeds.

MoreVeg - Seed Packet

MoreVeg – Seed Packet

Most of MoreVeg’s seed packets are 50p each (other than some fancy F1 varieties) because they only have a “modest” number of seeds in each packet. That’s fine by me, I only need what I need. I’ve just taken the first example that came into my head – so may not be the best one! – the Lobjoits Cos Lettuce. I sow 6 lettuce seed (actually 6 each of 3 different varieties) every fortnight from March to Jun, so about 8 “sowings”, x 6 = 48 seeds required. Lettuce seed is close to 100% germination … MoreVeg is 50p for 75 seeds, Suttons is £1.75 for 1,300 seeds. MoreVeg is going to last me close to 2 years, whereas a packet from Suttons will last 27 years!! (of course it won’t, as Lettuce seed doesn’t have viability for that length of time, at least not when in my care it doesn’t!)

Just Seeds  - Seed Packet

Just Seeds – Seed Packet

JustSeed is a bit different; they have their own brand (JustSeed’s Lobjoits Cos is 99p for 500 seeds) and they also sell other brands(*) – which can make for a convenient one-stop shop, but that also means that the Product pages are more cluttered. They don’t, for example, have a filter to be able to just view their/a specific brand.

A problem, for me, with MoreVeg is that whilst for most things a small quantity of seed is enough, for some things it isn’t. Take Musselburgh Leek seed for example: MoreVeg packet is 50 seeds – I want to grow at least 50 Leeks, I will get good germination, but not 100%; it would be nice if they also offered a “larger packet” Premier Seeds Direct has 1,500 seeds for 99p so clearly I am better off with that, rather than buying two packets from MoreVeg. (Suttons was £1.99 for 350 seeds, the other well known brands were similar)

Sadly I’m a Detail Person, so I then set about figuring out whether I should buy my Lobjoits Cos Lettuce seed from MoreVeg, JustSeeds or Premier Seeds Direct. There is undoubtedly a cost-benefit-equation to be done there, but saving the difference between 50p and 99p doesn’t allow much budget for time researching it!; of course I was also at risk of ordering from multiple suppliers when my numerous Wish Lists got in a muddle and overlapped. Not everyone sold all the varieties I wanted, so I was having to optimise my lists for who-has-what.

I kept prevaricating and putting off … and putting off … until I was spurred on by the need to start sowing Onions in January and the left-over seed from last year was insufficient for this year’s crop. The good news is that it is all done now, and seed sowing has started in earnest.

Something else got in the way of my getting started. For some years I’ve been very comfortable that I knew the Provenance of all the vegetables that we ate; I don’t have to worry (as I choose to do when I shop at the supermarket) about whether a crop was recently sprayed with pesticides – I haven’t used any on my plot in a decade or more. Of course I could buy Organic Veg at the Supermarket, but I’m not entirely convinced that is the best solution (from my perspective). Farmers have to make a living, Organic crops have lower yields and damage by pests still needs to be tackled – perhaps they solve that by selecting a variety which is high in natural Pyrethrins, and I’m not sure that is any better for me than the chemicals used on a non-organic crop, or perhaps the variety that the bugs don’t want to eat won’t have any flavour when I eat it either. So there I was, blissfully happy knowing the provenance of my own crops – in fact I’ve been lecturing friends and family as to that benefit for many years.

In addition to Provenance of the crops, each year I have selected one or two crops to trial several different varieties; last year it was Broad Beans and I grew five different ones. We then had a taste-trial, and in future years I can grow whichever the family prefers (and relegate the Losers). My cogs turn slowly! so it is only this year that I have come to the realisation that in addition to No Pesticides I should also only be growing Best Flavour veg. I’m lucky to have enough land not to have to maximise my yield, so no real reason not to choose Best Flavour varieties, irrespective of Yield and Disease susceptibility. Once I had come to that realisation I bought James Wong’s book “Grow for Flavour”.

James Wong - Grow for Flavour

James Wong – Grow for Flavour

I’ve watched James Wong’s TV series in the past and been interested in his Botanist’s views on a variety of things (although his series on “Grow your own Drugs” didn’t make me into an underworld gangster billionaire!), but I was a bit sceptical as to how much of a difference his suggestions might make. The book reads a bit the same to me, although he writes (scientifically) about various benefits, both in terms of husbandry and variety selection. Take Blueberries for example: “… have enjoyed a meteoric rise to popularity thanks to one little word: ‘antioxidants’. What supermarkets don’t tell you, however, is that while hyping Blueberry’s ‘superfood’ status on packets, behind the scenes they have been actively selecting the lowest antioxidant varieties possible. I kid you not! In the search of ever larger berries (which are quicker to pick), breeders have been selecting for fruit that have a much lower ratio of skin to fruit.” He goes on to explain how this, and other factors, mean that the varieties of Blueberry sold in Supermarket are much lower in nutritional benefit than other varieties, plants of which are readily available for amateur gardeners to buy. As well as describing techniques for growing for flavour he also include in depth details of varieties that he has trialled and found to have the best flavour (e.g. using the Brix sweetness test), so I set about buying seed varieties on his recommendation in order to grow them for my family’s this-year’s-taste-test. Suttons Seeds have a James Wong range which includes some (but not nearly all) of the things that James Wong suggests, so along with agonising over whether to buy a Brand-X packet of Lettuce seed for 50p, or 99p, I’ve also been splashing out £4 for a pinch of James Wong’s Carrot seed from Suttons!

James Wong - Seed Packet

James Wong – Seed Packet

MoreVeg: Pro: informative card insert in the packet. Cons: Plastic zip-lock bags (static electricity causes small seeds to stick to the bag when you try to get them out). Heat-sealed, so have to cut off that part of the bag which then leaves very little to grip to get the bag open. “year of packing” sticker over the mouth of the bag, which is cut off with the heat-shrink bit, and thus that information is then lost for future years. All packets are “small quantity”, which is fine, and cost effective, for most things but as I mentioned earlier it would be helpful to also have larger packets for things like Leeks.

JustSeeds: Pro: Nice packets, sowing details printed on the outside. Other brands(*) also available. Cons: Zip-lock bag of seeds on the inside so the same static-electricity problem. (Not heat-sealed though).

Premier Seeds Direct: the last two years I have received packets that were the wrong variety (compared to my order), and on one occasion the dwarf beans (on the label) actually turned out to be climbing beans. I notice that this year every [from memory] packet now has a barcode, which was not the case before, so hopefully that means that all orders are re-barcoded before despatch to double check that the right packets have been picked; my order was 100% right for the first time this year (although not grown them yet of course …). Many of the packets are foil, which is much better than plastic bags, but some are still plastic bags. Cons: plastic bags. No instructions on the packet, you are supposed to “see the website” but that information is buried in all the other wibble which makes up their eBay listing, which is far from ideal. I find ordering off eBay (where I want tens-of-items from a single supplier) is far more tedious than from a dedicated website; I think the Amazon shopping experience is even worse – there is no left-pane list of all the different vegetable types to make it easy to find “Some sort of Leek seed”). Range of varieties is small (which given my new objective or choosing varieties for flavour means that they don’t have many of the things that I would like, but I am sure for other folk who just want “regular Leek seeds” they will have something suitable)

(*) JustSeeds also sells: Mr Fothergills, Thompson & Morgan, Unwins, Johnsons, Jekka Herbs, Marshalls Seeds, and Robinsons Seeds.

Links

Seed companies: MoreVeg, JustSeeds, Premier Seeds Direct eBay Store, also on Amazon. James Wong’s seed at Suttons Seeds

James Wong’s “Grow for Flavour”Amazon link

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Autumn 2015 Tour Monday 14 December 2015

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In previous years I have made a post aggregating the articles which have been updated with new information or photographs; 2012 was the last time I had a chance to do that, my apologies to those of you who have found that useful in the past.

There is a link at the end of this post to “Autumn 2015 Tour” and that will take you to each article with updated photographs, if you then scroll to the bottom of each page there will be a link to the next Autumn 2015 Tour article. My aim is that you will be able to visit each relevant page quickly and easily – please let me know if you think this is a good idea, or a bad one!

We have continued with some major Construction projects this year, but none of them have advanced enough to make an article worthwhile.

We are creating a Japanese Stroll Garden, based on a garden we saw at Compton Acres in Dorset. The idea is to stroll around a large pond and the trick, if we manage it, will be to hide various views within the garden and spring them on the visitor as surprises. We have moved tons (and tons!) or rubble and soil to shape the garden in an otherwise flat East Anglian landscape. We hope to finish the hard-landscaping in Spring 2016 and I will write an article then.

Earth moving

Japanese Stroll Garden – Earth moving

Gabions, Rubble and Clay

Japanese Stroll Garden – Gabions, Rubble and Clay

The other major project was the planting of Daffodil bulbs this autumn. I want to have a “sea” of Daffodils near the house which we can look out onto in the Spring. My plan was to choose three of four varieties that would overlap from ultra-early to mega-late and inter-plant the whole area, rather than planting islands of a variety. Trouble is that I whittled my short-list down to 28 varieties … so I wound up buying 25 bulbs of each of the 28 varieties and I have planted them as a cutting bed for the house (planting between the Cobnut bushes in the Fruit and Nut garden), with the intention of seeing what dates they actually flower on (websites disagree on that point,a s you might expect) and which ones look good together, and then in a year or two’s time I will bulk-plant the whole area with the chosen varieties.

Autumn 2015 Tour: Start – (Daffodil planting)

 

May 2015 Roundup Monday 1 June 2015

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05-May-2015

Broom

Broom

Berberis

Berberis

Fritillaria Stripped Beauty

Fritillaria Stripped Beauty

The description said “with a red stripe” so I presumed it would look good in the Red Border!! There is, indeed, a feint red stripe … but the flowers are definitely orange.  Showy though. I also planted some red ones and they looked really good. I’ll have a go at saving some seed, although I have no idea if they will come true (“Fritillaria rubra” sounds like a species, rather than a hybrid, so here’s hoping …)

Fritilaria - First season after planting - 10Apr2015

Fritillaria rubra – 10Apr2015

Fritillaria rubra - 20Apr2015

Fritillaria rubra – 20Apr2015

The Rubra actually started flowering in late April but held its flower well into May.

Fritillaria rubra

Fritillaria rubra

Sorry about the poor focusing of the close-up.

Woodland Walk Bluebells

Woodland Walk Bluebells

The planned “Carpet of Bluebells” !! a couple of years after planting. Can’t remember how many I planted, a couple of hundred I think so clearly some casualties, but the chaps that are established look like they will now thrive and seed.  I’m going to have to keep the “carpet of Forget-Me-Not” seedlings under control for some years to come … I am sure we haven’t had them in the garden before, and last year I saw one or two. Absolute pests as they have self seeded all over the garden in just one year and every few days I’m pulling up more that I see in flower in the hope of catching them before they seed.  I’m sure last years seed will continue to germinate for some years to come though.

Cropping Greenhouse

Cropping Greenhouse

The month started off with the cropping greenhouse full of over wintered plants, mostly Box cuttings that I am growing on and wanted to keep the winter-wet off. They were moved outside on 18-May to make way for the Tomato plants (sown early in February and grown-on under lights to bring forward the cropping date)

Tomato Planting

Tomato Planting

The strings are Polypropylene and are left up year-to-year. I stick the bottom end under the rootball when I plant and that seems to hold it firm enough to take the full weight of the plant later in the season.

Tomato Planting

Tomato Planting

Tomato Plants - 31-May-2015

Tomato Plants – 31-May-2015

As of 31-May there are two or three that look like they might have enough colour to be ripe – well, a bit “sharp” still perhaps?

Tomatoes - 31-May-2015

Tomatoes – 31-May-2015

Greenhouse

Greenhouse

The propagation greenhouse was a mess of overwintering plants.  Moved outside, hardened off, and things like Aquilegias, sown last Summer, planted out, have made space for young seedlings as the weather warmed enough for them to be safe from frost. Always a juggling act between having them in the nice warm conservatory, and divorce!!, and them being exposed to a chilly, frosty night in the greenhouse.

Acer dissectum atropurpureum

Acer dissectum atropurpureum

The Acer I bought, off eBay in January, has come into leaf and looks smashing. Not decided where I want to plant it as yet, and have kept it in a pot so I can trial it in position to see if it is happy, or not, before committing to planting it.  A bargain at £67 which is the same price as I paid for small 5 year old specimens from Barthelemy & Co, apparently this one was bought from Woolworths for 50p more than 20 years ago.

Asparagus cropping started. I have put some narrow Mypex down the middle of the bed to try to reduce the amount of hand weeding that is necessary, still loads of weeds-from-seeds though, I need to hand-weed the bed in the next few days. A disadvantage of growing Asparagus, but every time I see a bundle of half-a-dozen spears in the Supermarket for £2 or £3 I cheer myself up totting up the saving of the 100 spears a week we harvest.

3 weeks ago:

Asparagus Bed - 05-may-2015

Asparagus Bed – 05-may-2015

Today:

Asparagus Weeds - 30-May-2015

Asparagus Weeds – 30-May-2015

I grew my crowns from seed (open pollinated varieties) some years ago, and a few of the crowns produce very weedy spears, so I’m growing a few F1 all-male variety replacements which I should be able to plant out next season.

15-May-2015

Aquilegeas

Aquilegeas

Camassia - Dark Blue

Camassia – Dark Blue

Camassia - Dark Blue

Camassia – Dark Blue

First year that I have tried Camassia, but fallen in love with them. They fill a useful gap between the Spring flowering bulbs and the Summer bulbs and herbaceous plants bulking up and starting to put on their show. I’m going to have a go a saving some seed.

Camassia - Light Blue

Camassia – Light Blue

Camassia - Light Blue

Camassia – Light Blue

These look whiter in the photo, but they are actually a light blue.  I planted some white ones too, but they are only just coming into flower, I’ll post a photo next month.

Potato Planting - 17May2015

Potato Planting – 17May2015

I never plant my seed Potatoes early, as it is way too much trouble to keep any late frost off them.  But this is a bit later than normal! I do grow half a dozen bags, in the greenhouse, for some early spuds, and I usually plant a dozen chitted tubers of the fastest growing varieties of First Early which gives me some lovely new potatoes between the harvest of the bags and those from the main planting … but I just don’t see the point in rushing to plant out the majority of the potato planting and having all the hassle of earthing up every few nights and going out by torch light to pull fleece over them when the late Weather forecast reminds me that there might be a frost.  (I can imagine in an area of high blight risk it might be worth getting them in early, and thus out early too, before blight arrives)

They came through the surface after 10-12 days, which is quicker than if planted earlier in the season when the soil is still cold.

May 2015 Blog Posts and Article Updates

  • Updated the Exotic Garden article with details of how we are trying to create a disguised entrance
  • 22-May-2015 Added post Making A Japanese Stroll Garden about our plans for an oriental-themed garden, and a visit to Barthelemy & Co to see their Japanese Acers
  • 18-May-2015 Added post We’re Having A Party converting the conservatory from plant-raising back to entertainment mode
  • 18-May-2015 Added post In Other News about some trials and tribulations
 

Making a Japanese Stroll Garden Friday 22 May 2015

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The story so far: we planted Hornbeam hedges in March 2011 to divide the garden up into rooms, and they are now over 8′ tall. We didn’t have a plan that we could agreed on for the largest room, which we named Room #102 (the other project awaiting a design having been called Room #101). In May 2014 we visited Compton Acres (Nr Poole in Dorset) and were very taken with the Japanese Garden.

Compton Acres - Japanese Garden

Compton Acres – Japanese Garden

On return home, out of curiosity, I looked on Google Earth to see if I could make out the orientation of the pond and the paths. I couldn’t make out enough to be useful (heavily surrounded by trees) but the scale on the satellite photo surprised me as it looked as though it would fit, more or less, into our Room #102. Over the winter months I read up on Japanese Garden Design and in particular the Japanese Stroll Gardens, and I decided to go back to Compton Acres with a tape measure! to check both the size and proportions. That attracted some interest from other visitors to the garden and some warm words of encouragement countering my suggestion that I was daft!

Having made the pilgrimage halfway across the country to Dorset I took the opportunity to stop at Barthelemy & Co. They are specialist growers of Japanese Maples and I have been looking for some plants about 2M tall and Barthelemy came both highly recommended and their prices are very reasonable. The only catch is that they don’t ship the taller ones, which I can understand as they would be bound to get biffed about by couriers. The couple who run the nursery were lovely, most welcoming and knowledgeable, and probably because I showed an interest they were kind enough to give me a guided tour around the nursery. They grow and pot up 25,000 maple seedlings a year – and there was me thinking some of my exploits were a little on the mad side!

Seedling Beds

Seedling Beds

Seedling Beds - Close-up

Seedling Beds – Close-up

We then had a look in the polytunnel for the plants which were grafted last year

Grafted Youngsters

Grafted Youngsters

Grafted Youngsters

Grafted Youngsters

There are two tunnels (just covered with netting to keep the birds out) for plants laid out for sale:

Young Plants

Young Plants

The smaller plants (on the bench) were £9 each, and the larger ones on the ground £17

Older Plants

Older Plants

and in the second tunnel the plants were in about 10L pots and (the upright ones) about 2M tall in the price range £60-75. The best value I’ve seen online from the likes of Paramount Plants is £125 for a 2M plant and, if buying online, would be sight-unseen, so if you have the chance to visit Barthelemy & Co in Dorset you’ll save some money (or buy more plants!!) and have a large choice.

Older Plants

Older Plants

Older Plants

Older Plants

Quality of the plants was superb. Not a single scruffy specimen put out for sale (indeed, there were some in the growing tunnels held back for another year because the shape they had grown was not acceptable so they were being given more time to grow-out and be trained).

So I filled the car!

Barthelemy Japanese Maples

Barthelemy Japanese Maples

Barthelemy Japanese Pines

Barthelemy Japanese Pines

I also took the opportunity to buy some Japanese Pines – something to have a go at training Japanese Style in the new Stroll Garden. A long term project – will there be anything to show for it in 10 years I wonder?

Links:

Barthelemy & Co fabulous quality Japanese Maples (Dorset)
Paramount Plants Large plant nursery (North London)
Compton Acres more photographs of the gardens at Compton Acres

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We’re having a party … Monday 18 May 2015

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Guests coming, we need to use the conservatory … apparently … not that we haven’t got other rooms in the house, and its an unwritten rule that I don’t plant-out until first week of June – I can’t be doing with rushing out at midnight with a torch trying to stretch fleece over plants because there is a late frost.

At the beginning of March I set up some staging in the conservatory for seedlings that I am bringing on, and Dahlias and Cannas that I am starting off.

16Mar2015

16Mar2015

and by mid May it tends to get a bit overcrowded!

05May2015

05May2015

Coleus Seedlings

Coleus Seedlings 24-Apr-2015

Orangery - 05May2015

Orangery – 05May2015

The Orangery, next door, is still stuffed with the tender plants, both ornamental and fruit trees, that were been brought in for the winter and are normally planted out first week of June (the Spring this year has been cold though …)

So all the staging removed …

Staging removed

Staging removed

Luckily a warm, sunny, day so the plants could stand outside during the reshuffle

Orangery stuffed!

Orangery stuffed!

no longer possible to get down the aisle in the Orangery to water anything …

Banana

Banana

I tempted fate by bringing a couple of Bananas out of the Orangery to add a bit of “stature” (Ensete ventricosum montbeliardii), all was well as it met with approval.

Done!

Done!

Restored to “normal” in time for the guests arrival.

Can’t help thinking that the timing of the party was political though?!!

 

… in Other News

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Amaryllis Broken

Amaryllis Broken

Amaryllis are always very top-heavy when in flower, I sit them in a nice presentation outer-pot and fill the gap between the two with gravel to make it stable. Or so I thought … this one, sadly, keeled over anyway. I suppose the good news is that it didn’t take the precious china pot with it. Lead Shot next time perhaps?

Asparagus Harvest

Asparagus Harvest

Struggling to keep up with the Asparagus harvest, these chaps had grown very tall, but fresh from the garden they are so succulent then we can eat most of the stem, and the bits that are a bit tough are steamed and then made into soup (run through a Mouli to separate out the pith). We’ll be fed up with Asparagus by the Longest Day (when harvesting will stop)

Compost Delivery

Compost Delivery

Running low on potting compost, so decided to have enough delivered so that I don’t have to faff around at the local Stacked High Shed. Its always a lottery, each year, finding a reliable compost – Which? publish a survey of brands each year as a guide to which has decent quality. I find it much easier to buy a commercial brand, its always consistent, nice and fine, never any twigs or rubbish in it. Never as cheap as the Sheds though! even in this quantity. Mind you … the bags stay the same size (75L) rather than getting smaller-and-smaller, for the same price …