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to show have been the pumpkins sown in pots on the windowsill, swiftly followed by the brassicas.And even the early potatoes are showing a few leaves above the soil, which means my next job is a good session of earthing up.
. That was swiftly followed by a sudden warm spell bringing in steady rain. And when I say steady I mean it! The balmy Mendip Hills are, like Ireland, soft and green and lush - perfect for fattening the dairy cows whose milk makes the original Cheddar cheese produced
. On Thursday I'm with the twinkling Chris Beardshaw, on Friday with earthy Monty Don and on Saturday and Sunday with gingery Joe Swift. If you're looking for somewhere to go this coming weekend (10-11 May) please come along and say 'hello'.I'm already looking
to encourage good cross-pollination between plants, each plant needs space to grow. This year each plant is at least 30-45cm (12-18in) from its neighbours, which should be enough.I'm trying a few varieties this year, including 'Swift', which is described as "an
their way through the ashes.Fire has always been a good way to regenerate a landscape, some seeds (Sequoia for example) cannot germinate until they have been burnt and a swift blaze can burn away leaf litter and detritus that might stop new plants from
is so unexpected and so swift that you're only able to take six plants from your existing garden.So which six plants will you choose? Will you go for something big - a favourite cherry or a noble oak? Maybe an evergreen to liven up your winter? A rose