Seeds at Amsterdam’s Bloemenmarkt

Among the many sights of Amsterdam, there is the floating flower market, although one is not really aware that the row of large stalls is floating alongside one of the many canals, being so securely fixed in place. Its claim to be the world’s only floating flower market is, then, not nearly as impressive as… Continue reading Seeds at Amsterdam’s Bloemenmarkt

Jerusalem artichoke Violet de Rennes

Last spring, 16 April according to my notes, my dad and I planted ten tubers of Jerusalem artichoke Violet de Rennes in the perennial bed, alongside the horseradish and rhubarb. The bed had been well dug, weeds removed as best we could, and the soil improved with horse manure and composted green waste. I cannot… Continue reading Jerusalem artichoke Violet de Rennes

Healing in the fruit trees

The traditional time for planting various trees, especially fruit trees, is in the winter dormant period. Specialist suppliers generally provide bare root specimens, which can be dug and shipped whenever the ground allows, but only in this dormant period. Bare root trees are said to establish more readily, whereas I have noted pot grown root… Continue reading Healing in the fruit trees

Sowing plan – peppers, chillies, aubergines, and tomatoes

The miserable days of winter might dissuade one from venturing forth to the plot, but it is the ideal time for reviewing one’s seed collection, browsing catalogues, and deciding what to sow in the coming season. Whilst there is generally some time left for this task, some plants need an early start for best results,… Continue reading Sowing plan – peppers, chillies, aubergines, and tomatoes