Simon’s Hugel bed is now home to potatoes, spinach, kale, garlic, beetroot, broadbeans and radish, with some rocket just added into the mix. His Lasagne bed is now cropping early curly kale, cabbage and lettuce – all snug under anti-pest “tent” netting – weighed down at the edges with pruned (dead) olive wood and a frame made from Arundo Donax (reed). Tomatoes survived three days of Force 7 Northerly winds and the olla pot system on the straw bales is proving an effective low effort watering method. Globe Artichokes bed dug ready for planting and the “curved” bean bed now in place. Robins and Redstarts are now regular visitors to the plot, along with honey bees from his neighbour’s hives looking for water. … [Read more…]

SE Essex Seed Potato Day: Saturday 24 February 2018, 10:00 to 14:00 (updated 05/01/18)

SE Essex Seed Potato Day is organised and run entirely by volunteers from both SE Essex Organic Gardeners and local charity, Trust Links   Why not put it in your diary now?   Saturday 24 February 2018   10:00 – 14:00   Growing Together Westcliff, 47 Fairfax Drive (corner of Fairfax Drive and Prittlewell Chase), Westcliff-on-Sea, SS0 9AG   Please use the entrance in Prittlewell Chase.   Free admission – delicious refreshments available   Over 30 varieties of seed potato (some organic) sold individually at 20p per tuber (one free tuber for every five bought) plus:                     Onion sets, Sturon and Stuttgart Giant: £1.00 per half pound Organic potato fertiliser: £3.50p per kilo box Chicken pellets: £1.00 per 1 kg South East Essex Seed Swap Dalefoot Composts Southend Seed Swap Allotment advice from Jeff Barber, The National Allotment Society The Soil Association’s latest organic research literature   … [Read more…]