Brassicas meet their Fate

Brassicas meet their Fate

I’ve been carefully nurturing a selection of brassicas since I took delivery of them as plug plants several weeks ago from organicplants.com.  They have been potted on, fed regularly, manually de-slugged and de-snailed and covered with Enviromesh to keep the cabbage white butterflies at bay.  Now, however, the time has come to release them into the wider world.  Andrew has taken the majority to the allotment and the surplus are going to friends, while I will restrict myself to just three cavolo nero in the home plot.  I have to say it feels a bit like sending my babies off to school – it’s time for them to grow up and see if they are strong enough to cope with all the things I have protected them from.  I had no idea I could feel sentimental about broccoli and curly kale!brassicas protectedbrassica

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4 Instagram Accounts to follow for Garden Inspiration

by Daniel Carruthers

Whether you’re creating a garden for the first time or simply looking to update your garden then you’ll find plenty of inspirational ideas on Instagram. Today we take a look at four of our favourite landscape and plant specialists who consistently post exciting and motivating photos. So why not expand your horizons beyond our own shores and follow these four popular garden instagram accounts :

@studiodinamo

Be sure to check out the strong garden designs featuring on Dinamo Landscape Studios. Open your eyes to landscapes photographed from a different angle.

@theoutdoorcollective

Bringing together all facets of outdoor design be inspired by The Outdoor Collective. A must follow for anyone looking to improve their garden, you are sure to find inspiration here.

@plantsnyc

As you might expect from a new York City Plant specialist there are plenty of fabulous roof terrace gardens and inspirational skylines. Great for getting ideas for any small and modern urban garden, wherever you are in the World.

@lna_landscapers_association

More great angles and modern landscaping ideas from LNA Master Landscapers. Based down under this powerhouse is using instagram to raise the profile for the landscape Industry in Australia and beyond.

@e_gardener

If you’re looking for ideas a little closer to home then follow me, your northern correspondent for a taste of plants and gardens in the North of England.

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A Useful Bit of Kit

A Useful Bit of Kit

Sometimes a piece of equipment proves so useful that I want to share its virtues. Much as I would love to have a fully installed irrigation system, the disruption and expense mean this is unlikely ever to happen. With a hillside garden on different levels, dragging a hose around usually results in kinks and bad language, but now I use a Hozelock multi-tap connector, life is so much easier. The connector is next to my one outside tap. From there I have run a connecting length  of hose (discreetly hidden)  to each of three reels in different areas of the garden. Each of the reels is clipped on to a Take Anywhere Tap (from Darlac).  All I have to do is select which area of the garden I want to water by turning on the outdoor tap and switching the flow to the appropriate hose and hey presto, stress free watering.kit,garden kittake anywhere tap

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My Little Cornucopia

My Little Cornucopia

Things may have got off to a slow start, but suddenly the vegetable plot is delivering faster than we can eat. All that wet early on also means that everything has grown super-large. The (blight resistant) outdoor tomatoes from organicplants.com are over 7 feet high and starting to ripen, the gem squash are romping through the surrounding trees, and picking the yellow climbing beans requires a step ladder. In the greenhouse, the brandywine, black krim and sungold tomatoes are in full production and for once I’ve kept up with the successional planting of herbs. I thought I had sowed butternut squash, but the torpedoes I’ve picked look the the love child of a marrow and a squash. They will ripen in the greenhouse and it remains to be seen whether they will taste any good.

harvest.

chillies

This morning’s harvest Chillis and padron peppers

tomatoes

Outdoor tomatoes are ripening fast

squash

Gem squash romping through the trees courtesy of their telephone wire tendrils

salads

Successional sowing of herbs and salads

tomatoes

Fewer tomato plants and bigger crops this year – I’ve finally learnt that lesson!

marrow

The marrow/squash lovechild

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