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A Note from the Garden

Crazy About Potato Seedlings

As you know by now, if you are a regular reader, Mr. Ferdzy and I have all kinds of bees buzzing around in our bonnets. One of them is the idea of growing potatoes from seeds. Actual seeds, from an an actual potato fruit, not seed potatoes. Up above, you see us – okay the bottom half of Mr Ferdzy …

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The 4th Annual Watermelon Breeding Post

Time to assess this year in watermelons! As it should surprise no-one to hear, this was an excellent year for watermelons, mostly. It would have been nice to have had what rain we had earlier in the summer while the fruits were forming, rather than later when they were finishing ripening, but whatever. We had a few moments of fear …

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Today’s Pickings!

Presented without (much) comment: And closer up: Mr. Ferdzy and my mother wanted today’s pickings recorded for posterity… and I have to say, pretty spectacular! Yes, there are a few little strawberries in there. Our seedling turned out to be day-neutral and is still producing small waves of berries. “Fraise de Bois!” said Mom, about the couple we gave to …

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A Hot, Dry, Midsummer Garden Update

Has it only been one month since I posted a garden update? Apparently! It looks amazingly different. It always does, between early June and early July. It looks pretty good from a distance, and lots of things are doing well. As usual, there are problems too, not least that our total rainfall since then has been 20mm (1″), all of …

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Early Summer Garden Update

How dry I am! Well not me, personally, but the garden. We need some rain so desperately. As usual, I watch the radar map showing torrential downpours to the north-west and south-east; we get nothing. We are already watering on drought rations. Very bad at this stage in the proceedings. Above are some strawberry plants in one of our established …

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The Garden Season Has Begun

This has been a very late spring (18″ of ice pellets in the middle of April; what the hell), but at long last winter is gone and things are moving. Our haskap shrubs are putting out leaf and flower buds, and fruit should be on schedule at the end of May. The garden generally is still looking pretty sparse. Mr. …

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8th Annual Seed Catalogue Review

I’m finding this year a big temptation on the seed ordering front! We are supposed to be cutting back and consolidating but I see sooo many new things I want to try. Mr Fredzy and I are just going to have to fight it out! There are more seed companies listed here than ever before. I don’t know that any …

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