This will be the last season at my plot. The field is being sold. The reasons are complicated and out of my control. It will be a sad day when I close the gate behind me for the final time. I raised hens and chicks, ducks and pigs and sheep and lambs and my beloved goats and kids up there. I have visited it every day for nearly twenty five years and tended the plot which has provided much of our food. continued
You would have thought that with nine tomato plants in the greenhouse and twelve outdoors that I would be inundated with tomatoes – not so. This year has to be the worst I can remember for a tomato crop. No huge trusses – just the odd tomato here and there, hardly any ripening just the odd one. I have a feeling that by the end of the season I am going to be left with a helluva lot of green toms that I will have to bring indoors to ripen.…Continue
As far as I’m concerned – this year has been an exceptional one for runner beans. I only planted out ten plants; two each of five varieties. The usual method of growing up canes was changed – I grew them straight up over a nylon net with cross-pieces as support. This meant that the beans hung down rather than inwards on the usual sloping cane method, and it doesn’t take up as much space. You know how difficult it is to find all the beans that are inside the wigwam or cross-cane…Continue
Added by elaine rickett on August 19, 2013 at 22:21 — No Comments
I have several fruit trees dotted around the garden and at the plot – some have plenty of fruit on them, some are completely fruitless – unlike last year when I didn’t have any fruit at all due to the late frosts. The Bramley and James Grieve are loaded but three other apple trees are bare including my huge Golden Delicious tree – I can never fathom out why this happens. continued
Added by elaine rickett on August 16, 2013 at 22:34 — No Comments
The veg garden is going crazy, especially the runner beans. It seems as though the garden knows that autumn is coming and it is pushing out everything it can before the weather starts turning colder and the hours of light get shorter.
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This is the month where you have to put on your thinking cap and decide how you are going to use up all those crops that are coming thick and fast - courgettes, runner and french beans and summer squash - to name but a few. This is my harvest for the last week. When you pick one or two things everyday it soon mounts up and when I unloaded the salad drawer of the fridge I was astonished at just how many beans and courgettes I had picked.
But not everything in the garden is rosy. I…Continue
I know some of you are already eating home-grown strawberries but mine grown in the greenhouse are only just ripening. When I open up the greenhouse first thing in the morning the smell of strawberries is really strong and they taste wonderful. I had a few shop bought ones last week that were sour. It just goes to prove that supermarkets grow for appearance rather than taste - how can a strawberry be sour! …Continue
Where I live in the East Midlands the weather is definitely on the cool side. The odd afternoon has been sunny but still with a chill wind - certain plants are thriving but others are suffering from lack of warmth
As you can see from this picture, everything appears to be doing well, but all is not as it…Continue
I think I have. After I lost the first lot of seedlings to frost in the greenhouse - I re-sowed, and I re-sowed BIG TIME. Far more than I need, far more than I have ever sown before. I normally plant about six for the greenhouse and three for outdoors - that is plenty for us, enough to eat fresh, cook with and freeze. But for some reason I got a bit carried away and have grown more double that, they have all taken and are growing well - and I can't bear to get rid of the surplus - so,…Continue
A bit of sunshine, a bit of rain and a lot of grey skies this week. Sunday was glorious and I managed to catch up on a lot of gardening jobs. There is so much to do at this time of year that it is hard to know where to start. A lot of things are ready to be planted out - I have already planted some brassicas - cabbage, broccoli - and yesterday the runner beans went out at the plot, covered with fleece and liberally sprinkled with slug pellets, just in case.…
The spell of really lovely weather we have been having has worked wonders in the garden. I have more purple sprouting broc than I know what to do with, the broad beans are flourishing, the potatoes have pushed through and the seeds of parsnip and carrot have germinated. Yay!
The raised beds in the Rosebank garden are filling out nicely, the large pots are waiting for courgettes and squash, the smaller black bottomless pots have parsnips and carrots in and I still have spring…
Essential work of course at this time of year if you are growing your own veg. I find it quite soothing…Continue
Added by elaine rickett on May 3, 2013 at 18:44 — No Comments
The trouble with only posting once a week at this time of year is that things are happening fast as there is so much to show and talk about - so where to begin?
The improvement in the weather has meant getting off my backside, pulling my finger out and really getting down to the nitty gritty of seed sowing, transplanting and planting out. All time consuming jobs - and that is on top of trying to get the Rosebank garden into shape, keep the home running smoothly and finding the time…
April - possibly the busiest month in the gardening calendar. Sunshine plus warmth equals germination - seedlings are pushing through in the greenhouse eager to face the warmer weather - and who can blame them. I think it affects us all the same way. Working outdoors minus coats and scarves and freezing fingers is a joy - if only the wind would drop it would be perfect.…
have been lying on the bed practically comatose after a severe bout of digging at the plot. My poor old body just isn't used to such strenuous activity. And to add insult to injury I shifted a whole compost bin full of horse manure to spread round the fruit bushes. No wonder I feel like a zombie. But the sunshine was just too good to miss and I knew I couldn't waste the day, when according to the weather forecast, rain is on the horizon.
I have been sowing lots of seed too like…
Added by elaine rickett on April 13, 2013 at 14:40 — No Comments
It's time to think about sowing peas. I sowed some early ones a couple of months ago but germination has been pretty poor so I will have to start over.
Every year since I have been growing my own vegetables I have always sown a row of peas on the plot. I just love picking and eating fresh garden peas straight from the plant. Mixing two or three different varieties together gives you a long harvesting season. But one year when germination wasn't very good I sowed an extra lot in…
Added by elaine rickett on April 3, 2013 at 19:31 — No Comments
Every summer, about the end of July/beginning of August I sow the seeds of Spring Cabbage or Spring Greens, as they are more commonly called. If you want to be able to harvest something from the veg plot in early spring, when there is very little else to eat, then growing spring greens is a good plan.
Added by elaine rickett on March 16, 2013 at 8:05 — No Comments
This year I am on an economy drive - trying to be as frugal as I can in all aspects of my life - and this includes the vegetable garden. The fact is that I usually get a bit carried away with spending money on the garden and growing veg is supposed to help save money. continued at A Woman of the Soil
Spent most of the day outdoors in the lovely sunshine - getting things done - preparing the soil, emptying the compost bin - sitting staring and planning - cup of tea in hand - what more could a gardener want.