SARAH THE GARDENER

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The Sweet Spot

Finally I have reached that sweet spot in the garden when everything is planted out and the harvest isn’t quite there yet.  The lull allows me to catch my breath and recover from the frenzied chaos getting all the work…

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Death Valley

Ok that may be a bit of an exaggeration – but my garden is in a valley and there has been death – three so far and by the end of the season I suspect there will have been twenty…

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The state of the Garden   Part One of Three (or possibly four)

Officially it is the first week back in the garden after the holidays.  Last week didn’t count even though I did loiter in the garden a little, but as the first week of the year it was only a half…

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Cycle one

I spent the weekend with a nagging feeling in the back of my mind…. ‘I need to sort out this crop rotation cover crop thing.  Once it is done, I’ll never have to think of it again.’  But there were…

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There ARE tomatoes in October!

I’ve cut it fine, but it is still technically October and I have just planted my tomatoes in the garden.  This is so much more than the usual tomato planting session that happens every spring.  This one is special and…

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Happy tired

It has been a massive weekend.  The long Labour Weekend did not disappoint.  The weather was fabulous, and the family were well aware that this weekend is the pinnacle of the gardening calendar and gardening is what is done, for…

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Will there be tomatoes in the garden this October?

This weekend is a weekend like no other – it is the weekend deemed safe for plants to be planted out without fear of frost.  Having said that, it is date based on averages and so there have still been…

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The in Between

This is a strange time of year in many ways.  Ordinarily we aren’t here at all, but off beside the sea somewhere soaking in the summer sun and doing some well deserved relaxing after a hard year of hard yakka. …

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Filling in the gaps

Things are going on in the garden – well not in it exactly, as I’m still waiting for the soil to be dry enough to work.  The sun came out today briefly, and there is no longer surface water above…

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Planning the Garden – Tomatoes

There is something special about tomatoes.  They complete a garden and epitomise summer.  I’m not sure if it is the fragrance the plants emit from the moment they emerge from the seed raising mix and I love to run my…

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