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October 2012 Blog Posts (45)

End of Year Round Up

My end of year round up

Added by Blicky on October 31, 2012 at 18:56 — 2 Comments

Oriental greens and spicey leaves

I don't think I have tried  sowing salad leaves this late in the season before but I thought I'd have a go anyway.  I sowed two pots each of oriental leaves  and a spicey leaf mix.   Now let's see what happens! 

Added by elaine rickett on October 28, 2012 at 14:03 — No Comments

On a freezing cold day I am so glad I have a greenhouse to play in

The temperature has dropped rapidly overnight - much too cold for me (a fairweather gardener).  So I did the next best thing I pottered in the greenhouse.  A bit of harvesting, tidying up plants with dead leaves and getting rid of container plants that have finished continued

Added by elaine rickett on October 28, 2012 at 14:00 — 2 Comments

The First Real Frost of the Year

After a windy night,( the weather not me), I woke up to see heavy frost on the car windscreen signalling that winter is on the way. The temperature was only 1 deg. but it felt colder after the mildish weather we have been having. I ventured out to check on my sheep and see how the frost had affected the veg plot.
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Added by elaine rickett on October 28, 2012 at 13:57 — 1 Comment

autumn jobs

Bright but chilly autumn days mean that there's lots to be done around the garden and things are dry enough to move around without sinking up the ankles in mud.

First priority is gathering up leaves for the leaf mould cages. My own garden can't produce enough but there are plenty of trees in the village and along the lanes so when I take the dog out I always carry a plastic sack with me. It's easy enough to scrape the leaves into little piles with your feet and then just scoop…


Added by Colin Robinson on October 27, 2012 at 20:07 — No Comments

Green Tomatoes anyone?..........



this week read what to do with green tomatoes after a poor year for me growing them.....Read More

Added by Stacy Drury on October 23, 2012 at 18:48 — No Comments

The match at the patch

We've been blessed (figuratively speaking; I'm not thanking any particular deity for this. I don't have much time for those guys) with blue skies and even a bit of warmth over the weekend which has made pottering around on the plot very pleasant. …


Added by Lee James on October 22, 2012 at 22:35 — No Comments

A Winter Garden - Parsnips

Yesterday I spent a pleasant couple of hours at the veg plot, taking down the sweet pea nets, dismantling the runner bean supports and digging up a few parsnips for Sunday lunch.

I sowed them way back in March on one of the rare days when it didn't rain. I didn't hold out much hope for them, but, surprisingly, they thrived. Two rows is plenty for our household if they all germinate - and they did. But, on digging up a few from each row, I was surprised at the difference between…


Added by elaine rickett on October 21, 2012 at 19:24 — 4 Comments

apple day

A day of glorious autumn sunshine and, as it was also apple day, I decided now's the time to harvest this year's crop. It wouldn't normally happen all on one day but only one of the four trees actually had any fruit this year so out came the steps and up I went.…


Added by Colin Robinson on October 21, 2012 at 18:16 — 5 Comments

End of the Season

Last veg from the plot......

Added by Damo on October 21, 2012 at 14:46 — 3 Comments

In which I am awash with pumpkins!



I have been so busy in the last month I have had no time to update my blog. However, I am now (hopefully) back. This is just one of my 8, yes 8, pumpkins. I love growing pumpkins, and I very much missed my pumpkin patch when I didn't grow…


Added by chocolatelikesnow on October 20, 2012 at 18:03 — 4 Comments

Allotment Project - Stage 1 Complete

I finally completed stage 1 of my allotment project, which was to make raised beds and move the potato patch

Read more here

Added by Blicky on October 20, 2012 at 16:58 — No Comments

Garlic Planting Time

I didn't have much success with garlic this year - they rotted in the ground or disapeared altogether.  So I'm just wondering whether I shall bother with them again - but if I do  - now is the time to be planting them.


Added by elaine rickett on October 17, 2012 at 9:32 — 3 Comments

Wrong-Cabbage Kimchi Recipe

In this first year of growing stuff on our plot, we've tended not to do much to our veg in the kitchen; everything has been cooked very simply, probably because we're still getting used to actually having home-grown veg around and treat it as a bit of a luxury. However nice fresh cabbage, cooked…


Added by Lee James on October 16, 2012 at 23:29 — No Comments

DIY Matters – Vegetable Gardening

How to stop weeds under your vegetables


If you want to grow your own vegetables, it is essential to have a well-thought out weed control strategy.


But how do you control those annoying weeds without killing off your prominent produce?


Weed control fabric is a popular, controlled choice amongst gardeners and vegetable growers.


The fabric prevents weeds from forming…


Added by Matthew Barnes on October 16, 2012 at 9:24 — 8 Comments

Are Carrots worth the Hassle????

this year the crop yet again has been atacked by carrot fly.....Read more

Added by Stacy Drury on October 15, 2012 at 19:21 — 11 Comments

Fox defences part of the October tidy up

After having lost most of the bulbs I planted last year due to foxes digging them up, I am taking no chances this year having just planted a load of tulips. A frame, cross strung with double netting. We are lucky at our allotment society in that we do not have a fixed rule on veg only so these and other flowers I intend to plant will be for home use as cut flowers as well as for the bees and butterflies.…


Added by david ford on October 15, 2012 at 15:30 — 2 Comments

Autumn seeding

Added by Takashi Sato on October 14, 2012 at 14:57 — No Comments

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