Prevention is better than cure….. especially when there isn’t one!

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Growing out of chaos

Last October, this is what happened to my tomato plants:


And this is what happened to the tomatoes:


One minute, the tomatoes were ripening nicely and my biggest concern was how to keep the critters from demolishing them. The next minute botrytis was all over them. This year I have therefore been ever vigilant, checking the plants every day for signs of anything untoward.

Yesterday, I found a branch with seriously yellow leaves. From looking it up, I am certain that it was something benign. But on my travels through the internet, I learned that it might be possible to prevent maladies such as late blight by taking off the branches at the bottom of the plant. Then if there is any pathogen in the soil, water won’t be able to splash up onto them (so easily).

Another precaution I have taken is to stake up those branches with fruit…

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normal service to be resumed

Glad your having a nice holiday look forward see more blogs God bless

horticultural 'obbit



The last week has been spent going a funny shade of olive on the Greek I island of Corfu. And I do mean a funny shade, the scorching sun meant I went a bit crispy in the first two days despite the factor 30 being slapped on. Surrounded by what looked like purple bindweed, the resort was lovely. There was nothing to do, but sit in the sun and read.

And I did, I went through a few bond novels. Found that they were an interesting genre. Nothing like the big screen adaptations. Though I did read them with chris Cornell and Adele running through my head. Bond is a strange man, and his Bond girls are awful. Much of the novels content and language is a child of the time in which they were written. Making some of the novels uneasy reading. The other literature was Sue graftons…

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Allotment promise: different types of harvest

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This year at the allotment I’ve been determined to try and have a broader range of harvest.

This week I’ve managed to have a visit where I gathered some less obvious things. Alongside the raspberries and blackberries I wanted some specific extra crops.


The hens love sunflower seeds. And this year we managed to grow several different kinds. The blue tits at the allotment are getting plenty of nourishment but I’ve also collected a few today for the home birds.

While liking for little things I headed into the cold frame. The coriander goes to seed like lightening so those little spheres are straight into the basket.

Then there’s lupins. The seed is edible somehow so I’ve now got some to experiment with. Mind you they do spread their seed fast, unfurling like rabbit ears so some of the pods might be empty.

After searching through the pods I won’t…

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Flower bulbs

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Growing out of chaos

Temptation came to my house last month in the form of an email offering me half price spring (and autumn) bulbs at one of my favourite garden centres. As my daughter is particularly keen for us to have flowers, flowers and more flowers, it was a temptation I couldn’t resist. Especially as she has such good taste!

At the garden centre, they sell fish for ponds and aquaria, too – and to entertain the children there is a pool where they can feed koi. So, in spite of the excitement over collecting the bulbs, we stopped first there.


Then with money off vouchers as well as the original 50% discount we obtained the following bulbs for £4.99!






Now, the question is: where in the garden are we going to put them?

© Helen Butt, August 2014

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Hortus botanicus: Leiden

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I do a bit of gardening but I’m not sure that I’m a gardener. I tend to think my successes are an accident and I’m never sure what my gardens going to do.

But I’m always open to inspiration.

Hortus botanicus is a lovely place in Leiden, The Netherlands. It’s also included on the Museum card so entry is covered and it’s possible to go as many times as you wish through the year.

I particularly enjoy the chance to get some fresh air, take some photos and be inspired.




In a rare break between downpours we made it there this week.

The veg garden is getting very overgrown and going to seed so I always feel better that our plot is pretty scruffy too right now.



It’s one of those places where there’s lovely walks and paths with interesting buildings and some fantastic trees.



They have a breathtaking arial…

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Saving Pea Seeds & Moving Raspberries

Awesome post as always I just come buy a juicer and I agreed wished I had one ages ago

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This week at the allotment it has felt more like autumn, with some wet and breezy days.  One morning this week it was quite foggy too and on this particular morning I noticed lots of spiders webs that looked beautiful with the moisture from the air making then sparkle:



The allotment is starting to slow down a little bit now and I am harvesting vegetables every three days now instead of daily, however the harvest is still good on those days:



At the moment the allotment plot is looking very pretty with the calendular and tegetes that line the paths.  They also attract many beneficial insects as well, which is why I grow them:


But I can’t wait for the final finale that the michaelmas daisies give, that edge my rotational beds.

 When they flower I love the contrast between the purple and the orange flowers and when…

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