Category Archives: The ‘Urban Farm’

A reference guide to ‘Growing Your Own’ and a diary of managing an ‘Urban Farm’

Brendan’s Magic Soda Bread Recipe…

Great recipe for a quick loaf of fantastic bread! The whole lot takes about an hour. * 500g Strong Organic Wholemeal Plain Flour* 2 tsp Organic bicarbonate of soda* 1 tsp fine sea salt A Handful of Sunflower Seeds – … Continue reading

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Brendan’s Famous Scouse Recipe! Oh, Yes…

¬†Stew using lamb’s necks and root veg. Couple of onions or so and I had a couple of leeks left so I chucked ‘em in too(although leeks are not normally part of this dish; waste not, want not). Traditionally the … Continue reading

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Pickled Onions!

If you grow onions, particularly small to medium ones, one of the best way to preserve them is to pickle them. In fact, you can preserve any home produce this way. My friend, Chris Wright, tells me that on her … Continue reading

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The Best Tomato Harvest For Years!

I don’t know exactly what I have done differently, this year. The tomato harvest has been as good as any I can remember. I have the usual five or so varieties, I use a good tomato feed once a week … Continue reading

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Late Ripening Tomatoes!

We all suffer from late ripening tomatoes. Tomatoes need warmth to ‘kick off’ the ripening process. Warm weather encourages the tomatoes to produce ethylene which ripens the fruit. As October approaches and cold weather is looming we can look at … Continue reading

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Sweet Peas…

These have been a struggle this year, but it has been worth ‘wrestling’ with them. I only got the first flower a month late but they have finally got going. Such a beautiful flower, and great for attracting bees etc…

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The Summer Harvest begins in earnest…

Well, things are really happening down on the Urban Farm. It’s August, the weather is great and our produce is plentiful. Take a look at this selection of potatoes. This vegetable is cheap in the supermarkets but those don’t taste … Continue reading

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Runner Bean Plants ‘Dropping’ Flowers but not Producing Beans!!!

I have read and heard about this problem for years but this year is the first time I have encountered it, personally. The runner beans are simply dropping all their flowers leaving funny looking stalks on the branches where there … Continue reading

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The Fruits of Labour

Everything on the urban farm has been a little late coming this year. I have had an abundance of strawberries and the herbs have done very well, to be fair. We are nearing the end of July now so I … Continue reading

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The Nasturtiums are Starting to Bloom on the Urban Farm

Aside from being a very beautiful flower/herb the nasturtium is useful in so many ways. Caterpillars and all those nasty critters prefer munching nasturtiums to all your produce. They are also easy to see and dispose of on the smooth … Continue reading

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