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New Year, New Blog
Thank you to everyone who has read and continues to read my blog here.  For the past six years this blog has been a labour of love and a fantastic way to track my progress and often my failures too.  I never thought I'd continue writing but it became a joy ...

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Growing Dahlias from seed
Dahlias and cake - the perfect recipe in the kitchen One of the first plants I remember buying as a child was Dahlia 'Bishop of Llandaff'.  Its beautiful crimson flowers coupled with dark leaves and stems made for a dazzling sight and I guess the Welsh conn...

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RHS Tatton Park: Celebrations all round
Loveday and Vernon with Birmingham City Council - The Day of the Dahlia RHS Tatton Park Flower
Show is a new favourite of mine when it comes to the garden show calendar.   With the feel of a country fair, this celebration
of gardening is packed full of attr...

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Seasons produce and things to come
Why, hello there!   It’s been a whole 2 months since I last
posted here, although it feels like it was only yesterday that I started to
show you how the then new no-dig vegetable garden was coming along.   Well since my last entry it has
established itself ...

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PSB and progress on the plot
The new vegetable garden in its infancy April has been a
glorious month for the garden here on the farm.  We’ve had sunshine in abundance giving me plenty of time to
get out and crack on with developing the vegetable garden.  It appears we've landed on our ...

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You say potato ...
This Bank Holiday weekend
has turned out to be absolutely wonderful and we have been treated to some of
the best weather so far this year meaning lots of time to garden with the sun
on my back finally.   At one point
today the thermometer registered a balmy...

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Ryan's Garden: A brief update
The big oak through the fog Today I awoke to the foggiest of spring days and at a
rather chilly 1° C it seems as though nature
is saying ‘stop sowing those seeds and go back inside you nutter!’   I know this will change in an instant
and we’ll soon be in th...

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Flower fiddlers and painted plants
I’m sick to the back
teeth of seeing flowers and plants tinkered with to the extreme – dyed,
painted, glittered and abused beyond all recognition.  From the fluorescent Heathers in alarming shades of lime
green, hot pink and acid yellow; so often a staple o...

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Plans, plots and chickens in pots
The first month of
2015 has pretty much come and gone and although I hanker for milder Spring days
I can’t help but feel that January passed at breakneck speed.  So far we’ve decorated parts of the
house, continued to fence off paddocks, trim hedges and giv...
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