Saturday, 29 December 2012
Thursday, 20 December 2012
After last week's cold spell - with daytime temperatures barely above freezing - this week has been pleasant and mild (by comparison). So yesterday encouraged by some warm sunshine I decided to plant out some cauliflower and cabbage seedlings round the garden. Not many - only half a dozen in total - but something to fill the bare salad beds from now till Spring.
Monday, 10 December 2012
We had a brief trip to the allotment mid-week to just check up on things and found some bits and bobs to pick; salad leaves, kale (yet again) and the hearts of some cabbages that had been frosted. There's still a few parsnips and leeks left unpicked but unless it gets much colder they'll keep as well in the ground, so we're leaving them there.
From the garden I managed to find more leaves - mainly land cress - enough to add to sandwiches.
Friday, 7 December 2012
December has come in with clear nights and the first hard frosts.
A few flowers are still there though - early polyanthus
winter jasmine in full bloom
and the odd kaffir lily
The frosts have killed the rampant nasturtiums and it's now possible to see the small winter vegetables that were growing through them - cavolo nero kale with some late flowering bedraggled candytuft -
and a short row of leeks
The greenhouse is double and triple layered with fleece, bubble wrap and plastic sheeting but with the cold night time temperatures of this last week I don't think the pepper plants will survive even under all these layers.
Hardier things are ok though - winter lettuce in the propagator, winter hardy spring onions to be planted out into the greenhouse floor soon and brassicas to maybe go outside when the weather warms again.
Monday, 3 December 2012
It's only when you start to grow-your-own at a serious level that you start to realise how boring vegetables can become - yes, it's another week of leeks, parsnips, kale and a bit of broccoli.
|somewhere under the mud there are parsnips, I hope.|
Monday, 26 November 2012
Some warmer weather veg this week - a few rather small tomatoes, the ripe one from inside, the just-turning from the greenhouse
even some raspberries from the allotment. Every time I pick some I think they'll be the last for this year.
mixed lettuce leaves and even some radishes!
More wintery fare - kale (again!) and broccoli bits
and a late 'Spring' cabbage
Friday, 23 November 2012
Sunday, 18 November 2012
Not a lot to be picked right now - some leeks, more kale and a handful of raspberries that disappeared too quickly to be photographed.
Wishing that the autumn cauliflower had survived the summer downpours but for now we're using up runner beans from the freezer.
Saturday, 17 November 2012
Look carefully - either side of the string - and you can see next year's broad beans starting to grow!
establishing fruit on the second plot
currant bushes with strawberries underneath
a last minute effort by the peas
on the first plot - a very autumnal gooseberry that I rather wish I had in the garden for the colour.
Wednesday, 14 November 2012
Now the leaves have fallen we've discovered more nests in the silver birch and rowan which we weren't aware of. Obviously the birds are clever at putting me off the scent!
Monday, 12 November 2012
Sunday, 11 November 2012
Plenty of bizarrely shaped parsnips
Some lettuce - both red and green - which I ate before thinking about photos!
more kale! and some peas, 2 or 3! - I wish more of the plants had survived the wet late summer/early autumn
and even some raspberries. Fortunately I picked these the day before a heavy frost. I'm not sure if there'll be any more now.
Saturday, 10 November 2012
I'm still trying to extend the damp dismal summer by lining the greenhouse with plastic sheets, bubble wrap and proper garden fleece in the hope that some tomatoes and peppers may grow a little. They could be picked now but larger fruit would be nice.
Outside there are still strawberries trying to flower and fruit. I've, rather too late, decided to cover them with a propagator lid in an attempt to ripen the berries.
All Year Round cauliflowers and Flower of Spring cabbages
a winter hardy lettuce growing under propagator in the greenhouse so hopefully warm enough even on cold nights
a tray of Winter Hardy White Lisbon spring onions - these should have been set outside in late August/ September but I'm experimenting with starting them inside in a tray and maybe planting our out into one of the greenhouses rather than putting them outdoors
another experiment - marrowfat peas from home grown, but starting to spout, seed. These few peas wouldn't have kept over winter - either as seed or as dried peas to cook with - so I set them in this tub, at first outside then moving it to the greenhouse as the temperature dropped. they aren't a type of peas that I'd expect to overwinter but maybe if they're kept warm they'll be ok and we'll have really early peas.