With record April temperatures the harsh December we had seems a long way away. So what crops have you managed to successfully overwinter?
I couldn’t resist the temptation to empty one of the containers of Lady Christl potatoes in the greenhouse. First I scraped away some of the compost just to make sure there was something there.
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I don't use any sprays or chemicals, no slug pellets, no bought fertilisers, not even weed & feed for the lawn.
I am a firm believer in the value of an ecosystem, & that if you start killing off a particular variety of bugs it creates a ripple effect. So you either end up with loads of another bug, or its predator (that was helping you with other things) dies out/leaves.
This approach has created is a garden full of bugs & wildlife....
My first real test, my Parsnips are under attack
I have been doing a lot of regeneration work on the garden this year & where my compost heap currently resides seems to become more of an eye-sore with every job I undertake. So I am considering the rather large task of moving it to a more secluded spot.
I want to make it into a pretty corner, but like most of the rest of my garden its in a rather deep pocket of shade. In most of my shady areas I have put shrubs or salad crops in, but it would be so nice to have…Continue
I don't have a cat but my next door neighbour does. Her garden is all grass so the cat can't find anywhere decent to do his business. This is where my garden comes in useful. Yesterday I sowed a row of carrots and parsnips but forgot to put a net over them. When I went on my tour of the garden this evening I found the carrot row had been scraped into a neat pile by the obliging moggy from next door. I literally have to cover everything with nets or cloches to prevent this happening. I…Continue
In the glorious weather that was this bank holiday weekend I planted yet more seeds. On the cover of Aprils Gardeners world were some giant sunflower & sweet-pea seeds. So we went round the whole garden & popped a sunflower in every corner, wherever they is some support for them.
Then I re-potted my courgettes, sage, & asparagus pea seedlings, so they can stay in the greenhouse a while longer now. I also bought some berlotti & yellow French beans & have…Continue
Here's a pic of my rhubarb:
Just put some pictures of the lovely spring flowers in my garden up over on my "musings of a mushy pea" blog if anyone fancies a look. Lou xxx
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...but, unfortunately, not enough of it. Number one water butt is back to half-full but I now have a healthy crop of weed seedlings to deal with. The combination of warm weather and recent rain has pushed everything forward, including chickweed, dandelions, buttercups and groundsel!
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Spent the day succession sowing I feel very organised, which is unusual for me. I was prompted to get on with it when I read an article in the Gardening section of Saturday's Telegraph about a chap called Charles Dowding who has a turnover of £25,000 p.a. from growing veg. on 1 acre of land simply because he grows veg. that he can keep on picking right through the year. No lean seasons for him. The man is an inspiration. His is the no-dig variety of garden he just adds compost and manure…Continue
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What does it look like?
Is it 'finished'?
I ask only because my sister dropped by my garden unexpectedly yesterday afternoon and cheerfully pronounced that 'it looks like a mad woman gardens here!' Which isnt quite the aesthetic I was going for!Im in the second year of a… Continue
Not as easy as I imagined, growing for show
Certainly stressful at times
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panic attacks and happy times all in the one post with lots of photos :) xx
As I was sitting with my neighbour in her garden last evening, an adult fox came over the back fence (there is a small copse) and stood on the roof of the shed eyeing us up.
I was astonished, it was so bold.
Ive had to rethink things as I usually keep the back doors open in the evenings.
I thought it was just cats I had to contend with, Id never considered face chewing foxes. My neighbour says there are cubs somewhere too. We discussed the possibility of the…Continue