I assure you that I am not your irritating facebook friend constantly posting about how many weeks/Saturdays/nanoseconds are left to pass until we can crack open our advent calendars. However, there are certain activities of yuletide prep which really need to begin in this the final quarter of the year and if you’ve got a […]Read More The X(mas) Files: Grow Your Own Christmas Spirit!
Earlier in the year whilst planning my garden efforts I picked up some pumpkin seeds to try in my little patch of green. I opted for the ‘Invincible’ variant as I had never grown them before and wanted a good chance of one of them surviving my lack of squash nurturing skills. Oy. Well I […]Read More Grow Your Own! An Onslaught of Pumpkins
Believe it or not you don’t need several acres of allotment and hours of daily toiling to achieve a decent edible production line direct to your kitchen- it needn’t be an exercise in endless soil turning and Alan Titchmarsh tomes. You don’t even need that much ground if you have space for some decent sized […]Read More Grow Your Own! 5 Easy Home Crops
Education abounds in the Boomboom garden and I find myself once more starting to draft in some mental lines of change for the end of this summer. Gardening is hard, and some plants are right gits. My potatoes, for example, are absolute gits. Having taken over the majority of my veg patch and grown […]Read More Grow Your Own! A Painful Lesson in Tuber Betrayal.
I am almost too eager to get out and tackle the rising Essex jungle at the back of my house to pen this bank holiday entry. Almost. It is all going on, in a borderline ferocious fashion thanks to all the recent bouts of downpour punctuated sunshine. Like so many areas of this blogger’s life, […]Read More Grow Your Own! A Welcome Return
You may have noticed that in between the bitingly cold mornings there is a fair bit of sunshine and spring-like-action occurring at the moment. The evenings are lighter. The finches are back. It is gardening time, and this year I’m ready for it. The last growing season has been basically a long, hard learning experience […]Read More Grow Your Own! Round Two
It might seem an odd time of year to add to the gardening chapters, there was a scandalous dusting of snow over my poor car this morning for heavens sake who wants to be outside if they don’t have to!?!? Actually, I do, and I have spent some good hours outside recently getting dirty and […]Read More Grow Your Own- Oh But It’s Cold Outside!
It had to happen, right? I had to get something else edible from my first summer of amateur cultivation? Well that something turns out to be carrots, Nantes 5 carrots specifically and I am still reeling in the thrill of that little harvest 2 weeks ago. After tiny onions, sludge ridden herbs and desolated cabbage […]Read More Grow Your Own- A Triumph of Carrots!
There are lessons in life for all and from all things, however the lessons from trying to manage my new garden seem to have turned into something of a beating. It’s all going wrong. The WTF tree previously thought to be an apple is now heavily endowed with bright and utterly rotten plums, oozing with […]Read More Grow Your Own- A Cruel Summer
Show me a happy, relaxed gardener in my part of England at the moment and I will show you a man with only paving and pot plants. Consistent extremes of blazing sun and driving rain have caused exponential growth explosion that would have been a challenge to control if I hadn’t been working the last […]Read More Grow Your Own- It’s A Jungle Out There