Category: cropping plans

Snow? A good time to plan

The Courtyard Potager beds are still visible under the snow.

The Courtyard Potager beds are still visible under the snow.

Snow over much of the country seems to be more prevalent this winter than in I remember in the past – in the 1980s I think when we hardly had a frost. More precise weather forecasting has definitely improved but even so, I sometimes forget to re-cover the beds from which I had removed the netting set to deter blackbirds from rummaging between my overwintering herbs and cats from scratching into the bulb bed.

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When dreams become reality

Clearing some of the wilderness last week

Clearing some of the wilderness last week

Whether you are reclaiming ground, starting from scratch or re-planning an existing garden, turning dreams into reality requires a certain amount of foresight and strategy. But where to begin, particularly if you are new to gardening? I looked back at the blog posts and statistics for all I have written on this Dobies blog over the last two years and noticed that the topic that still attracts the most attention is anything to do with layouts and cropping.

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Autumn arrives …

Only wood that cannot be recycled is burned - but not wasted for the wood-ash is full of beneficial potash

Only wood that cannot be recycled is burned – but not wasted
for the wood-ash is full of beneficial potash

We expect equinoctial gales to accompany the onset of Autumn, but it arrived here in the north Cotswolds with glorious sunshine and time to hack back some of the wilderness; for I have for one reason and another been unable to do much in the garden over the last few months.

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Return to the wilderness!

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After three weeks away working on the continent, I could not really believe the transformation that had taken place in the garden. Not so much weeds, but the sheer entanglement of growth. Some areas have become an impenetrable thicket; in others crops have failed miserably. If it were not for my passion for old roses and their splash of purples and mauves (at their best at the end of June and the beginning of July), one could say that our whole acre was over-green – but so many shades of green that had I the time, I would be rushing to capture it in paint. Out with the camera instead.

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Garden Visits and E-News/Blog Plans

sunshine in walled vegetable garden at Knightshayes Court

Winter sunshine in the walled vegetable garden at Knightshayes Court, Devon

Having just returned from a business trip to Devon in the last couple of days, I want to share the usefulness of visiting gardens for inspiration, ideas and even growing tips. This was not the purpose of my visit down to the southwest, but with a few hours to spare, I was able to enjoy the spectacular National Trust kitchen garden at Knightshayes Court, just outside Tiverton. I had read that β€œthe restored and fully productive kitchen garden is a treat for everyone who enjoys local produce.” Yes indeed, but so much more, even in winter – and this was a good example of what can be gained from many of the National Trust properties that are presently bringing their former kitchen gardens back into use. This one just happens to be more developed than most.

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