Category Archives: Gardener

  1. Grass/weed cutting time

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    Monday 25 April, 2016 by Uncle Spike

    Very soon I’ll be heaving the gas powered grass cutter onto my back for two solid days of tackling the …
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  2. Last of the winter veg

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    Sunday 17 April, 2016 by Uncle Spike

    Temps are a climbing… up to the early 30s again now (that’s touching 90F), so time to rip up the …
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  3. Broccoli plants

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    Saturday 12 March, 2016 by Uncle Spike

    A little while ago we saw these beautiful flowers, and Joanne from My Life Lived Full mentioned wanting to see …
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  4. Cabbages…. my five year wait is over

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    Sunday 28 February, 2016 by Uncle Spike

    Never had a lot of luck or the right weather conditions for cabbages, but finally, I have some – yay! …
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  5. Wot No Cabbages?

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    Wednesday 06 January, 2016 by Uncle Spike

    The sudden cold snap (aka, winter) dissipated after five-six days, and we are back to mild weather, with a mix …
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  6. Last summer produce

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    Sunday 25 October, 2015 by Uncle Spike

    It’s been a weird old year…. we’ve seen lemon trees decimated and some killed off by very rare severe frosts …
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  7. Last Peppers

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    Sunday 18 October, 2015 by Uncle Spike

    Drying the last of the summer peppers before the rains start…

  8. Last of the summer crops

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    Tuesday 15 September, 2015 by Uncle Spike

    As summer proper recedes and we move into early autumn, the thermometer drops to below 100F (40C) for the first …
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  9. Recovery over time…

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    Saturday 12 September, 2015 by Uncle Spike

    This bush was one of those pretty much decimated by last winter’s unexpected freeze. Whilst we don’t have ‘real winters’ like many …
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  10. Jujube or not Jujube

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    Saturday 05 September, 2015 by Uncle Spike

    Ziziphus jujuba, commonly called jujube, red date, Chinese date, Korean date, or Indian date is a species of Ziziphus in …
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  11. But mom said “No Smut In This House!”

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    Wednesday 26 August, 2015 by Uncle Spike

    When I was a lad, my mom always told me this… but I guess that’s a different story altogether (and …
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  12. Summer weeds

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    Tuesday 25 August, 2015 by Uncle Spike

    Summer brings many things…. For us, here in the southwest of Türkiye it means continual hot weather, which is around …
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  13. Summer roses…

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    Thursday 20 August, 2015 by Uncle Spike

    Roses in summer are almost unheard of for us! Admittedly the weather is far kinder than normal this year with temperatures, …
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  14. Good year for grapes

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    Sunday 16 August, 2015 by Uncle Spike

    We always get a good crop from these black grapes – they come from a hardy and strong vine. Mostly …
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  15. Splashes of colour

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    Thursday 13 August, 2015 by Uncle Spike

    Lilies like these now cover all sorts of areas around the farm. Having started out as one small bucket load, …
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  16. Using all the spare land

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    Sunday 09 August, 2015 by Uncle Spike

    There are always places to plant something I’ve found. And this year I’ve utilised a spare area at the back …
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  17. Pink tomatoes – maybe

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    Tuesday 04 August, 2015 by Uncle Spike

    Raising pink tomatoes, or any non-cherry tomato, has always been a bug-bear for me. I’m really not a fan of pesticides, …
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  18. Greenhouse: Before & After

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    Wednesday 29 July, 2015 by Uncle Spike

    Before (2007) . After (2015)

  19. Black bum tomatoes

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    Tuesday 28 July, 2015 by Uncle Spike

    Ok so here’s a strange one for ya… black bum tomatoes! This weird phenomenon is actually very common for us on larger fruit tomato plants. …
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  20. Cherry tomatoes

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    Tuesday 21 July, 2015 by Uncle Spike

    Of all the types of tomato that we have attempted to grow, dwarf cherry are the most successful by far. …
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  21. Impressive weeds

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    Saturday 18 July, 2015 by Uncle Spike

    These large yellow bush things are in fact just weeds that appear all over this part of Türkiye. Most of the time …
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  22. Basil

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    Wednesday 15 July, 2015 by Uncle Spike

    One of the better crops this summer, so far, has been the small leaf black basil plants. First planted out …
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  23. Sweetcorn: Progressing well

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    Tuesday 14 July, 2015 by Uncle Spike

    Moving on one month after planting, and the corn plants are growing very well indeed. They certainly love the heat …
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  24. Cucumber

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    Tuesday 14 July, 2015 by Uncle Spike

    Simple, organic, tasty, free, mine 🙂  

  25. Grape vine escapes

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    Sunday 12 July, 2015 by Uncle Spike

    This grape vine went a little mad this year!

  26. Sweetcorn: Sowing the seeds

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    Thursday 09 July, 2015 by Uncle Spike

    Terry said to plant the seeds 6″ apart…. Yes, the advice from my all American farming friends in Colorado, who …
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  27. Sweetcorn: Ground preparation

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    Tuesday 07 July, 2015 by Uncle Spike

    Ok, now growing sweetcorn has always been one of my lesser achievements. We had one half decent year some seven …
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  28. A dash of yellow

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    Thursday 02 July, 2015 by Uncle Spike

  29. Our extraordinary new hedge!

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    Wednesday 01 July, 2015 by Uncle Spike

    Quite a few years ago now, Uncle Baldrick and I bravely moved a rather evil single cactus plant from our …
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  30. Triffid migration

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    Wednesday 24 June, 2015 by Uncle Spike

    A few years ago we acquired some bulbs, and/or seeds; not sure which. Anyway, each summer they bloom, as you …
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  31. Plums & Sloes

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    Sunday 21 June, 2015 by Uncle Spike

    Also very late this year are the plums. Here in Türkiye, they are often eaten unripe, and with salt(!?) when …
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  32. Apples are growing…

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    Saturday 20 June, 2015 by Uncle Spike

    Growing apples here is bit ‘hit-n-miss’ we’ve found, mainly due to the incessant heat of our normally prolonged hot and …
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  33. Who loves a Blackberry?

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    Thursday 18 June, 2015 by Uncle Spike

    If one were to mention a Blackberry to 93.48% of the under 25 year old population, what do you think …
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  34. This evening’s snack: Apricots

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    Wednesday 17 June, 2015 by Uncle Spike

    Having stated my Ramadan fasting a few days early, as you do, my focus for iftar (breaking of the fast), …
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  35. My favourite pepper

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    Tuesday 16 June, 2015 by Uncle Spike

    We grow a few types of peppers each summer; basically because it’s the easiest veg to produce in this hot/dry …
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  36. Black Figs – Late but still welcome

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    Saturday 13 June, 2015 by Uncle Spike

    The green figs never happened at all this season, which is strange as they are a native crop that grow …
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  37. Flower of the day

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    Wednesday 10 June, 2015 by Uncle Spike

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  38. And finally, the tomatoes

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    Thursday 04 June, 2015 by Uncle Spike

    With everything so late this year, we are even ‘waiting’ for the tomatoes, whereas we are normally scoffing them freshly …
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  39. New season – new grapes

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    Tuesday 02 June, 2015 by Uncle Spike

  40. Dill seed head

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    Sunday 31 May, 2015 by Uncle Spike

    Dill is such a small and delicate herb – and which I’m about to chop back for summer and cut/freeze …
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  41. Garden in bloom

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    Tuesday 26 May, 2015 by Uncle Spike

    Spring and the start of summer is a colourful time here is southwest Türkiye. The temperatures are high enough to stimıulate growth, but …
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  42. Mulberry time

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    Sunday 24 May, 2015 by Uncle Spike

    It’s a race between humans and chooks…. Why? …coz it’s mulberry time ! .

  43. Strawberries – yay!

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    Saturday 23 May, 2015 by Uncle Spike

    Last autumn I took the decision to move all the strawberry plants. Where they had been for a few years …
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  44. Roses are red…

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    Wednesday 20 May, 2015 by Uncle Spike

    Every girl loves their red roses, sure, but even us mortal males can appreciate their simplistic beauty. I love these …
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  45. Salad stuff

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    Tuesday 19 May, 2015 by Uncle Spike

    Took these a couple of weeks ago, but the temperatures have since ramped up (33C, 90F and above), so that …
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  46. The delicate orange rose

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    Sunday 17 May, 2015 by Uncle Spike

    Another day, another colour rose…. and today we feature a dusty orange coloured specimen, with hints of lilac and yellow …
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  47. Pure white

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    Saturday 16 May, 2015 by Uncle Spike

    Oh go on then… here’s some more roses…. There are many colours that I love in the garden, but how …
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  48. Friends of the Cacti

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    Wednesday 13 May, 2015 by Uncle Spike

    It’s that time of year when our various cacti have their babies. We have three species, but these large cacti, which grow …
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  49. Broad bean harvest time

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    Tuesday 12 May, 2015 by Uncle Spike

    Having planted the broad beans over a month later than in previous years, I am chuffed to see that it …
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  50. Ten images of late springtime…

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    Saturday 09 May, 2015 by Uncle Spike

    Springtime is a time of big changes and long hours of hard work. In the orchards it has been a …
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