Book Notes

Book Notes: The Apple Orchard, by Pete Brown

Pete Brown’s new volume of entertaining investigation into the social history of a subject dear to his heart looks at apples and the orchards in which they grow. Anyone who has read any of Pete’s other books – I’ve hugely enjoyed all of his beer- and pub-themed works to-date, including Man Walks Into a Pub, […]

Plot #59 Trials and Observations

SoilFixer Trial Part I: Compost Preparation

A few weeks ago, I was contacted by the folks at who wanted to know if I’d be interested in trialling their soil improvers. “We’d like to send you some of a new product we’ve been working on,” they said, “a compost humification agent.” Humification, if you’re unfamiliar with the term, is the process […]

Plot #59

Plot #59 Update: November 2016

November was a mixed month, weather-wise. A soggy start gave way to a dry, cold, bright last couple of weeks; perfect for all those cutting back and clearing up jobs that are so necessary at this time of year. Here’s what we’ve been up to: Harvesting We’re well into our late Autumn veg now, with […]