The Daily Dibber

Kitchen gardener for the Darsham Nurseries Cafe. Seedaholic. Grower and lover of food and flowers.

Pickled Loofahs and Square Courgettes anyone?

It is time to start thinking about the Cucurbita family. This is the group of plants that originated from Mexico about 10,000 years ago and include courgettes, cucumbers, squashes,  melons and the loofah! Most are annuals and all are vines, with male and female flowers on a single plant. The earliest record of human use…

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Fail to Plan, Plan to Fail

The potager is shouting for attention. It’s time to temporarily put down the seed packets and plan the new season. Here at Darsham we have 36 raised beds. The lessons learned in 2015 need to be put into place. We grew too much salad, but not enough kale, broad beans, radishes or spring onions. This…

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Ready, Steady, Sow part 3. We have lift-off.

The ‘Hotbox’ worked, we have good even germination of the tomatoes along the entire base. Phew. The chillies and peppers will take longer, some varieties can take up to 25 days to germinate. These tomatoes can now be moved out of the ‘Hotbox’ to allow room for the next batch. Hopefully 2016 will be a…

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The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

Harvest wise, it has been a mixed bag this week at the potager. Kale, turnip tops, radicchio and leeks have all been successfully harvested, and brought to the kitchen and have featured heavily on the menu this week. The sous chef Tom requested the long-awaited Italian chicory ‘Dandelion’ to accompany his saddle of rabbit. Just…

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Ready, Steady, Sow. Part 2. Hardy Annuals.

I hope that the first lot of tomatoes and peppers are making germination plans in the ‘Hot Box’. I have to be patient , and wait for these to sprout before the next batch can be sown. Fortunately, this means I can turn my attention to the hardy annual (HA) seed box. Hardy annuals are…

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Ready, Steady, Sow. Part 1. Tomatoes & Peppers.

Here at Darsham Nurseries there is suddenly a lot to do in order to achieve our goals for 2016. Impatience is setting in. Personally, I am thrilled with the seed collection we have amassed from all over the world during the winter months. It includes these beauties: • New Heritage tomatoes • Turkish chillies •…

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