Hackney Permaculture


Things are growing!
June 12, 2009, 8:38 pm
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Okay so it is my first growing season which means just like your friends who bore you with baby photos, I have to upload photos of stuff growing.

Sure I am not going to win any awards for photo journalism but THESE THINGS ARE GROWING IN MY GARDEN!!!!

Young cauliflowers on the rear raised bed

Young cauliflowers planted amongst rocket on the rear raised bed

Potatoes growing alongside an apple tree and nasturtium

Potatoes growing alongside an apple tree and nasturtium

Yes, they were as tasty as they look!

Yes, they were as tasty as they look!

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Dibbing potatoes at Laurieston Hall
March 22, 2009, 8:52 pm
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I was up in Scotland over the weekend visiting some friends of mine at Laurieston Hall, an intentional community near Castle Douglas. They were all up nice and early on sunday morning to dib potatoes and kindly let me get involved too!

The 101 on potatoes in that you need to chit them which can be done in a number of ways – basically you just leave them somewhere and they sprout little green shoots. Most of us have done it by accident before so I am sure you are glad you now have a name for it so next time you can make it look intentional. Then you dib, which is the lingo for making a hole, I seem to remember them being about a foot deep, then you plant them. Nice. These were ‘earlies’ which go in in March and I have totally forgotten all the rest I learnt about potatoes… must take notes next time.

Jamie dibbing

Jamie dibbing

The bottom of a potato

The bottom of a potato - note the little bump

The top of a potato

The top of a potato

Lots of other things growing here too - Laurieston Hall in spring

Lots of other things growing here too - Laurieston Hall in spring