Spring 2021: Growing Notes

In the UK, the clocks rolled back to daylight saving time on Sunday 28th March, and Easter is upon us. In my world, that means one thing… it’s time to plant some seeds! Last weekend, I dug out my propagator and some pots, gave them a good wash and hunted out some compost. This time…

Parsley sauce

Meet Patrick the parsley plant! It has been 56 days since I first planted the parsley seeds that I bought from the Seed Co-operative, and they have been doing pretty well. Patrick parsley has been giving me a lot of joy to look at as he has been growing on my windowsill. I’ll definitely be…

Introducing Arturo

What on earth could this little alien plant be?   … The answer is the beginnings of an avocado tree!  I read an article a few months ago on growing avocados at home from a from a supermarket-bought fruit. Although avocados are a tropical fruit native to central America, it is possible to grow an…

Growing spring onions over winter

It is September in the UK, which means that we are heading into autumn and winter. I expect that I won’t be able to grow many plants during the next few months, however I have been reading up on varieties that might withstand colder temperatures and lower levels of light. One crop that will develop…

Attack of the aphids!

‘Attack of the aphids’: is it a H G Wells novel? Is it a new blockbuster coming to cinemas near you? Sadly not! My poor little pak choi plants are being eaten alive! Some introductory gardening lectures that I’m working through via the Food Revolution Network have highlighted the importance of watching what is happening…

Growing cress

Cress is really quick and easy to grow as an indoor salad crop and can be grown all year round. I like to wash out and save food packaging that I might find a handy use for in future. Poor Mr Salford Kitchen has to navigate various stacked crates of clear plastic trays, glass jars,…

P is for parsley, and for pak choi

In March 2020, I found myself working from home full-time and with more time on my hands than usual. Like many people, I developed an interest in growing a few herbs and vegetables. I successfully started some seeds off, however at the stage of planting my young seedlings in containers in the garden, a few…