Somehow I just haven’t been going to the allotment. Weather, travelling for work, just not feeling in the mood etc etc….
I finally got there to discover my sprouting broccoli had gone to seed, and I’d grown an excellent crop of fat slugs and healthy weeds 😦 .
Also my netting had split, and the rhubarb has taken over (aka Day of the Triffids).
So I’m starting again. Loving my raised beds which are easy to weed and already warming up. The main clay soil is still wet and heavy so I’m thinking of investing in some more raised beds.
I’m also upgrading the paths with wood chips – it turns out there is a free pile so I’m putting the chips on top of last year’s weed suppressing fabric.
I’ve “sewn” my netting back together and harvested some of the (quite sharp) rhubarb for a compote. I’ve planted some more broad beans as not all my autumn batch have germinated.
Meanwhile the seeds are coming along at home. It’s nice to be moving again.
So I’ve planted the following seeds, still running late, but hey-ho spring is running late so I reckon it should be ok….
Tomatoes: Sugar Plum, Tigerella, Costoluto di Fiorentino, Gardeners Delight
Aubergine: Prosperosa, Patio Mix F1, Slim Jim
Squash: Early Butternut, Winter Uchiki Kuri, Spaghetti Squash, Crown Prince, Red Kuri, Munchkin
Icelandic Poppy, Craspedia, Blue Lace Flower, Brachyscome, Rhodochiton Purple Bells, Agastache aurantiaca Navajo, Echinacea pallida, Aquilegia Lime Sorbet, Globe Thistle, the beautifully named Irish Poet, Gaura The Bride.
Also a few pics of the garden in spring.
I have finally started planting seeds – SO LATE!
The greenhouse is still not built as the weather has been very unfriendly. Easter was basically a wash out, although we have made some progress on the slab base – more on that soon… In the meantime I have taken to setting up a seed table in the house to get going.
So here’s my first seed list of 2018 🙂 Sweet Peas, Peas, and Mange Tout, as follows:
Sweet: Blue Velvet / Almost Black / Harlequin Mix (Lord Nelson/ Matucana/ Prince Edward of York)/ Opal Mix (Anniversary/ Mrs Collier/ Painted Lady/ Turquoise Lagoon/ Wiltshire Ripple / Hi-Scent
Pea: Tendrilla / Sugar Ann/ Douce Provence
Mange Tout: Carouby de Maussane (my favourite) / Shiraz / Golden Sweet / Oregon
So happy to have begun 🙂
The snow came. And the cold. -10.2 – I’ve never known it so cold here in the south of England. It was like being in Norway – so cold and dry and bright and beautiful. It was exhilarating just to be out in it. This was the lull after the first couple of days. A lovely sunny day. I walked over to the allotment to check all was ok. The snow was melting quite quickly – but then it snowed even more. As a nation we are not great at snow, it come too infrequently for us to even get the hang of it. But I love it. Here are a few pics from my walk.
Been sick, so all my photos have become a bit backed up. Therefore this is a little review of December.
A walk round the back of Ightham on a sunny winters day. The light fades so early at this time of year. So nice to be out in the fresh air.
A few of the remains of the allotment. I’ve planted out the broad beans for an early start, and the garlic, which needs some frosts to split the cloves. My plan has already been amended…..
Finally a Christmas Eve stroll. Having been ill it helps to get out a bit, although I just want to sleep immediately afterwards. It helps to combat the cabin fever. But now we are past the solstice, I’m looking forward to the return of the light. See you next year xxx
So we’ve had a few frosts. One at the allotment, but not at the house!
I have laid a few pavers (lazily, straight onto the ground) so the raspberries are easier to access, and won’t get so overgrown next year. The Tulameen didn’t take so I have replanted with some Glen Ample – hopefully these ones will fare better. I’ve had to cut back some of the other rasps early as they had developed a strange black spore on the leaves. Very annoying.
Otherwise, I’ve generally been tidying up and planning for next year. One of my strategies is to write what I’ve planted in each raised bed on the side to make sure I’m keeping my crop rotation (vaguely) going.
Next project is getting the garlic in asap, so more soon….
There’s something about the symmetry of growing veg – you start with earth, and you return to earth. Dust to dust, ashes to ashes. Or something like that.
I have harvested the rest of the pumpkins. A beautiful orange haul – mostly handed out to friends now. There’s only so much pumpkin you can eat! I’m going to try some different varieties next year.
I cut back the enormous sweet potato plant to discover only 1 knobbly tuber and 2 small ones…. but in the process I also dug up a load of really good red potatoes, which must have been left over from the previous occupant. They were much better than the ones I’d sown myself.
Generally I have been tidying up, composting, pulling out the spent plants. Everything collapsing back down to soil.
I did note, however, at Sissinghurst they are still harvesting beans and other veg. That’s what a team of experts does for you. Not jealous… well not really!