There are a number of ways to grow potatoes in a small garden. In this garden they are grown in patches among other plants around the garden. Potatoes are good for the soil and for eating.
At this time of year there is an excess of green material and leaf material for composting. This simple wire mesh basket works well for a temporary storage. The material will be added to the compost bin later in the winter.
There is nothing nicer than a tomato plant laden with fruit. Unfortunately tomato blight is a reality of growing tomatoes and learning how to adapt to the disease is a necessary part of the process. The disease comes with a change in the weather about September every year.
The average Brussels city garden can have a resident population of up to 2,000 slugs. Some gardeners take this personally and become obsessed with hunting each and every one down. More sensible strategies include planting slightly more mature seedlings and plants resistant to slugs.
Brussels is famous for its bluebell woods on the edge of the city. The garden here has its own annual display each spring. The plants provide early food for bees and once the flowers have passed the stalks and leaves are composted.
The first warm days of spring is the time to start hardening off plants that have been raised from seed indoors. Protecting the young plants from cold winds and marauding hungry snails is vital. With unpredictable weather and sudden chills at night, young plants are returned indoors at night.