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Garlic, common garlic
(Allium sativum var. sativum-- Family Liliaceae)
Garlic is one of the oldest cultivated plants, and thought to have originated in Southwest Asia. The English name comes from the Anglo-Saxon "gar-leac" or spear plant, which refers to its spear-shaped leaves and its relation to the leek. Although known to be rich in vitamins and minerals, the trick is in eating enough to gain a measurable amount, but some always try. King Henry VI, of 16th…Continue
Lots of rain around still, though it stopped long enough for me to mow yesterday. Trimmed the untidy leaves from the Listada di Gandia and noticed an interloper hiding amongst them - a Tamarillo! Lord knows how the seed got there. Stuff turns up in the funniest places. Bed 3 on the left is all self sown toms and amaranth, so rampant and healthy I have to leave them…Continue
I decided to adapt the information kindly posted by Anne Gibson and Lissa to making my own flavour of container potting mix after a string of failures with asian greens that were previously so reliably productive in containers.
Here's what I did.
First I compress a very generous layer of freshly mowed lawn clippings to the bottom of the container. Grass being grass, it compacts over time. Being the bottom layer I wanted to minimise nitrogen escaping into the atmosphere. It also…Continue
I'm terribly sorry I had such a long break from here... I was completely bogged-down with work (a very heavy workload until recently!) and PhD-related stuff. Now I've got a reasonable schedule again!
Sadly, my gardening efforts were almost a complete failure last year. I had to grow stuff in pots because of the hard clay, and I think the cheap potting mix, combined with my lack of skill, contributed to my garden's demise. I had pickling onions grow ok, but they unfortunately…Continue
The first fruits of the White Adriatic fig tree have now been eaten. The whole two of them! It was worth the wait :-) The fruit sat there and looked at us for some weeks then started to soften and after about 3 days of getting progressively softer, it swelled up to almost twice the size it had been. There's little room for error with these fruits. The one in the photo was sitting pretty in the tree the day before and overnight must have reached its ultimate ripeness and…Continue