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November 2012 Blog Posts (25)

Hardy Herbs


It always amazes me just how hardy herbs are to survive the winter snows and hard frosts -

considering that they are mostly Mediterranean in origin  they do remarkably well. continued



Added by elaine rickett on November 30, 2012 at 19:22 — No Comments

Hard Frost


So glad I dug up my parsnips - the ground is rock solid this morning, heavy overnight frost means that everything is looking beautifully crisp.…


Added by elaine rickett on November 30, 2012 at 8:35 — No Comments

Picking Chard

For the last few weeks my chard plants have been covered over with mesh cloches to protect against the winter frosts, I think I will pick all the leaves now and just leave the small centre leaves to re-grow for later in the winter, although growth will be slow they should be a  little more tender than the large outer leaves that are now on the plants.…


Added by elaine rickett on November 29, 2012 at 22:17 — No Comments


I didn't have a very good year for raspberries this year - not sure why - but now as the weather gets colder they have decided to start fruiting.  I am getting a handful every morning, not as sweet as they would normally be, but still it's something - what a crazy year.

Added by elaine rickett on November 28, 2012 at 22:38 — 1 Comment

Spaghetti Squash

Out of all the squash plants that I grew I only had two squashes formed.  They grew to a fairly good size and as I had never tried spaghetti squash before I was looking forward to eating them.  BIG MISTAKE.  They were awful, tasted of nothing, were watery and a complete waste of time, as far as I'm concerned.  In fact after I had a mouthful I felt quite queasy.  So guess what - I won't be bothering growing them again that's for sure.

Added by elaine rickett on November 28, 2012 at 22:36 — No Comments

Alliums that never say die


After all the rain and gails that we have been suffering over the last couple of weeks there are still some things in the veg patch that withstand everything the weather can throw at them - continued

Added by elaine rickett on November 28, 2012 at 22:20 — No Comments

parsnip experiment

Anyone who has followed my blog will know that I grow my parsnips in containers rather than on the plot. There are several reasons for this, the main one being that my soil is derived from boulder clay and once you get a few inches down it's rather heavy and stony - not good for parsnips.

So, as an experiment, this year I tried the 'borehole' method as well to see if it would give me a crop. This method involves boring a hole with a pointed iron bar and, by wiggling the bar you…


Added by Colin Robinson on November 28, 2012 at 16:39 — 4 Comments

Green Tomato Chutney Recipe

Green Tomato Chutney made at Garden Posts and yummy it is. Even if I do say so myself.

Added by Garden Posts on November 28, 2012 at 11:35 — No Comments

Weird and wonderful plants under threat

Some less than happy news from the horticultural world: I nipped from having a look at the fine construction job being done on our fence yesterday to a meeting at Moorbank Botanical Gardens which is …


Added by Lee James on November 26, 2012 at 21:29 — No Comments

Causing o' fence!

Not much going on in terms of gardening for us this weekend. We're waiting for onions and garlic to sprout, there's some tidying up to be getting on with, but not enough for it to seem worthwhile to go out and get wet and cold in weather like that which we've had this weekend. However, don't think for a minute that the allotment excitement…


Added by Lee James on November 26, 2012 at 21:25 — No Comments

Plant by the moon?

I am trying to discover whether there is merit to this theory - it would be great to hear any views. Here is a link to my blog post on the topic plant by the moon?. Please leave a comment either here or on my blog.


Added by January King on November 23, 2012 at 17:37 — 2 Comments

Thinking of trees.

Now that I have sorted out the vegetable patch for next year my attention is turning to trees. I need more fruit trees.

If I ask the under gardener nicely to build me some sort of contraption, I would have the space for some cordons. Nothing too elaborate you understand, but needs must. Also this gardening lark is quite addictive.

If you wish to read further please click on this link.…


Added by Joanne on November 22, 2012 at 9:05 — 1 Comment

Last of the turds, and the smallest vineyard in the world

Well, the manure pile is no more. About this time last year we took delivery of four tonnes of the stuff, and we've been slowly adding it to newly dug-over patches ever since. The last of it went on today. All sections of the plot read…


Added by Lee James on November 18, 2012 at 21:07 — No Comments

Recipe: Chinese Style Knackered Sweetcorn Soup

Since we harvested the underdeveloped cobs of corn  from our sweetcorn plants nearly a month ago, they've sat…


Added by Lee James on November 18, 2012 at 18:41 — No Comments

Parsnip harvest, and help from a mercenary digmaster

A fine day followed a soggy evening in Newcastle yesterday, making for good conditions in which to continue the slow work of tidying up and preparing the ground for next year's planting... …


Added by Lee James on November 18, 2012 at 11:17 — No Comments

Autumn Garden; Brave Calendula

Fall garden, a few calendula's left

Added by Laila Noort on November 14, 2012 at 15:01 — No Comments

Just getting on with it!

Added by Maggie McLean on November 13, 2012 at 13:18 — No Comments

Digging - Dig v No Dig

I would like to open a debate on digging verses no digging.

Since acquiring my allotment three years ago, I have always used the single digging method with a degree of success, although with this year being so wet (up North) my harvest hasn't been as good as I had hoped, but neverless still very rewarding. 

I'm quite fortunate that I have quite a large plot so I have decided to set aside a couple of beds with the 'no dig' approach.

I would love to hear from people who…


Added by Brian 'Dobby' Dobson on November 10, 2012 at 17:34 — 1 Comment

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