Category Archives: Gardener

  1. Last of the summer crops


    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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  2. Recovery over time…


    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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  3. Jujube or not Jujube


    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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  4. But mom said “No Smut In This House!”


    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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  5. Summer weeds


    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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  6. Summer roses…


    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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  7. Good year for grapes


    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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