Just a few hours early, but
wishing for perfect veggie growing weather in 2013 - HAPPY NEW YEAR
Added by david ford on December 29, 2012 at 12:33 — No Comments
2012 was a washout for gardeners but perfect for pests - says an article in the Daily Mail.
"For gardeners, 2012 has been a sorry, soggy affair, with rain wreaking havoc in vegetable patches and flower beds. However, it's been an annus mirabilis ... for slugs. The wettest summer in a century created the perfect conditions for the unwanted garden visitors. One particular winner has been the Spanish super slug - larger than our native variety, and more worryingly, a much…Continue
It's a good feeling when you can say that almost everything on your plate was produced in your own garden, including parsnips and carrots, potatoes and parsley, thyme - now all I have to figure out is how to grow the gravy.
One of the stocking fillers I received this Christmas is a Hanging Tomato Planter which is also suitable for other veg such as peppers, chillies or herbs. Have any of you ever used one of these - and was it successful?
I don't know whether to bother with it or not - I might just give it a go for experimental purposes.…
Don't forget that Christmas is a great time for us compost makers with loads of stuff that can go in the bin/heap.
From the pre-Christmas house clean I got the contents of several vacuum cleaner bags, then the dog had a good grooming (lots of hair), there's all the veg peelings, cardboard packaging, wrapping paper, etc. If you're a nut lover all the shells can go in although they do take a long time to rot down so I put them in a bag first and bash them up small with a…
Added by Colin Robinson on December 25, 2012 at 16:14 — No Comments
I hope everyone enjoys their Christmas and has a good year in the 2013 veg garden - let's face it - it can't be any worse than this year - can it?
A good article by him in The Telegraph today over allotments and plot holders, in reply to yesterdays article read it on-line. It offers some good advice
Added by david ford on December 20, 2012 at 9:30 — No Comments
I had a nice surprise a few days ago when some of my butternut squash seeds (from a butternut squash I had bought) started sprouting. They were looking sorry for themselves and were very yellow, but having looked after them they are now bright green and in good health. I don't know what they are but I hope they survive winter.
Added by Kamila Przekop on December 19, 2012 at 14:26 — No Comments
Not sure I wholly agree with the article in the Telegraph today, there are certainly other issues to be considered.
My own site has suffered from a few neglected plots this year, but I put that down partly to the bad weather, lots of weeds, unworkable soil on the plot a lot of the time and as a result poor crop production, there have also been ill health problems with one or two plot holders to consider.
I do agree that a lot of folk do not realise the amount work needed on a…Continue
As I'm tapping this out, the windows in our flat are steamed up and the place is full of the smell of spices and sugar; that's right, we've been on the chutney trail again. We've been meaning to make up a batch to give jars of as part of some Christmas …Continue
Added by Lee James on December 16, 2012 at 17:35 — No Comments
It`s around the time of year when I am looking out the window at the miserable weather not able to do anything useful on the allotment plot when I am thinking about next years plans.
I know members will have their own preferred ways and means but I used this for the last three growing seasons with good results apart from this year when the…Continue
I’m desperate to be out of the house and doing some gardening. I always get a bit restless at this time of year but I think because it’s been such a bad year for weather I’m really getting withdrawal symptoms now. Trouble is we had weeks of sodden ground because of the rain and now it's set like concrete. I did get a bit of fruit tree pruning done today but the veg plot is looking a bit of a mess and could do with some TLC. Still plenty of stuff to eat out there but most of it is frozen…Continue
Taken from an article 'Fifty Ways to live to 100' - I have chosen three which are relevant to we gardeners:-
USE AN EXTRA ONION
One 80g onion per person is a sneaky way to add to your five portions of fruit and vegetables. Onions are thought to lower the risk of colorectal cancer, laryngeal cancer and ovarian cancer - they're rich in quercetin, an antioxidant that prevents harmful enzymes from triggering inflammation, and contain sulphur compounds that boost the…Continue
It’s been a very mixed year on the plot. But then it usually is. I’ve learn’t that every year is different, and what is successful one year, won’t necessarily be so the next year, and the same goes for failures. …Continue
A gorgeous Sunday today, so despite not really planning to do any great amount of work we headed down the plot to take compost own and check on the fence progress... read…Continue
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