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  • 15th October 2019 at 9:54 am #506412

    We’ve come home to a pretty waterlogged garden and not a lot of chance of getting the ‘last cut’ of the grass in it seems. The sitters have been feasting well on the peppers and there are still more coming for us, together with the butternut squashes.

    I have come home armed with some wildflower seeds which the instructions say can be sown in October but with the ground so wet I wonder if they will just rot.

    Once we have recovered from our travels we will sow the broad beans.

    15th October 2019 at 11:51 am #506436

    “Last cut” in October? :scratch:

    I’m lucky if I get December/January off that task.  :-(

    15th October 2019 at 1:53 pm #506488

    I think I probably got that word from my brother-in-law who has lived in the USA for almost 40 years Deboer!

    We had caterpillars and all sorts of little insects as well. I mean, they were full of them. Sorry for the confusion!

    15th October 2019 at 2:32 pm #506506

    I didn’t necessarily mean that the last cut would be this month Sh-sh but that if wet weather persists and it doesn’t get a chance to dry out a bit I won’t get one at all!

    15th October 2019 at 3:18 pm #506521

    [quote quote=506488]I think I probably got that word from my brother-in-law who has lived in the USA for almost 40 years Deboer! We had caterpillars and all sorts of little insects as well. I mean, they were full of them. Sorry for the confusion![/quote]

    Critters = Creatures  (usually undesirable ones)

    21st October 2019 at 10:38 am #507891

    The planting of garlic and onions has been postponed until the ground dries out , the spinach has come up nicely but our cat ( toetje)  has found a new place to deposit in the rows of sowed onion seed so Jen has covered them over until they germinate .

    We are still harvesting dried beans ,tomatoes,peppers and aubergines.. ( and courgettes of course):yes: :yes:

    21st October 2019 at 6:08 pm #508025

    With the exception of the plot where the peppers are still producing prolifically, the other plots are now weeded and prepared, having harvested the last of the butternut squash. I will sow the broad beans in one and mulch the rest with horse manure and leave them for the winter.

    27th October 2019 at 7:31 pm #509276

    This weekend was a gardening weekend . No rain for two days  so we harvested all our beans for drying (eating and seed) . Dug up the sweet potato , which was quite a success and cut the enormous courgette removing the seed for next year.

    I  have then planted four rows of onions and three rows of garlic where the beans were, the leaf mulch is still not completly assimilated , so we will wait until the Spring before bringing on muck between the rows.

    Tomatoes,peppers and broccoli are still producing in the tunnel and the white and red onions have germinated and are growing well ( even though toetje does her best to stop them ) :yes: :yes:

    27th October 2019 at 7:40 pm #509279

    We don’t grow onions and garlic, as we haven’t got a massive veg plot and onions are so cheap to buy we tend to use the space for other veg. We are hoping to make some large raised beds in another part of the garden near the house, a space that we have been deciding how to use, it doesn’t get a lot of sun though ( & North facing)  so what would you suggest would be good to grow there?

    29th October 2019 at 1:13 pm #509590

    We just enjoy eating fruit and veg that tastes good and isn’t full of chemicals , we havn’t been able to grow enough onions to cover what we eat , but try anyway.

    If you are asking me about your North facing plot, it would depend on the soil type and what will grow there , veg or flowers? :-)

    29th October 2019 at 1:19 pm #509597

    Both, the soil will be what we put in it. Looking online, as far as the vegetables are concerned, I think we’ll be able to grow some root vegetables and some brassicas.

    We enjoy eating as much homegrown stuff as we can too but, as I said, we haven’t got a big vegetable garden. We have today enjoyed our own broad beans that I froze when we had plenty of other veg from the garden.

    29th October 2019 at 6:48 pm #509699

    I’ve looked at what kind of veg like shade, and it seems carrots, salade, cabbage could be happy :unsure:

    29th October 2019 at 6:52 pm #509701

    Yes that’s what I found Babeth, root veg and brassicas so we’ll give those a go (if we ever get the beds made that is!! )

    30th October 2019 at 8:32 am #509744

    If I understand correctly , you are going to bring earth/soil in because there is not enough there, to start a new garden? The type of soil is very important , what type of soil do you have where you grow your veg at the moment ?

    30th October 2019 at 9:07 am #509759

    I have no idea Deboer, I’m not a technical gardener, more an ‘if it likes it I’ll grow it, if it doesn’t I’ll try something else’ but root vegetables don’t seem to like it very much if that’s any indication. All my neighbours say is that it’s ‘bonne terre :good: ‘ Having said that about root veg, my next-door neighbour has very good crops of beetroot, carrots and potatoes as well as every other kind of veg so perhaps it’s just me!   :unsure:

    30th October 2019 at 9:08 am #509761

    Oh, in reply, no there is no earth where we’re going to make the raised beds.

    30th October 2019 at 9:40 am #509768

    Basically there are two types of soil , sand and clay , or mixtures of both . Sandy soil is light and drains easily , good for roots . Clay is heavy and holds water , good for brassicas. Both soil types need humus and nutrients to grow good vegetables .

    Roots not liking your soil probably means that it is clay and needs lots of  slow decomposing humus to aerate it . Do you have a lot of earthworms when you dig your garden ?

    Our soil was very clayey and it has taken a long time to get it the way that it is now . Think how the soil in a deciduous woodland is , that is what you want your garden to be like.

    What do your neighbours do , to grow good roots ? How long have they lived there ?

    If there is no earth where you are planning to make raised beds , then what is there ?

    30th October 2019 at 5:55 pm #509856

    Our vegetable garden was used for years as a vegetable garden by the old lady before us, since we moved here just over two years ago I have dug in both horse manure and our own rotted down compost so, although our soil is possibly ‘heavy’ as a rule the vegetable garden is not now, however, it is not sandy either.

    There is a reasonable amount of earthworms when I dig. My neighbour treats her garden in the same way that I do except that she has someone come and rotovate it before spreading the manure.

    The part of garden where we’re planning to put raised beds used to be earth but because it was up above the floor level of the house we had the digger take a lot out up to a fair distance from the house while he was here installing the fosse septique and since then it has been covered with a bache to prevent weed growth while we worked on the house and until we decide what we’re doing with it.

    31st October 2019 at 11:15 am #510023

    Hi Fruitcake
    When making your raised beds please dont make the mistake we did of making them too wide you need to be able to reach into the middle easily.

    31st October 2019 at 12:54 pm #510031

    Thanks Flowergirl, I had got that in mind as, as you say, it’s easy to get carried away with the width and then not be able to reach the middle! Don’t want to have to use a pair of steps to reach! I’ll have to measure my arm’s length from the first side and mark it for the middle! A good point to mention, thank you.

    31st October 2019 at 4:22 pm #510100

    When we made ours we used corrugated iron that had come off a roof
    So our beds are 2foot from garden level so i can work on them sitting down when my back is bad and the soil is very deep which is good for veg like carrots and leeks.

    1st November 2019 at 1:44 pm #510246

    We’re toying with the idea of using rendered & painted blocks but have got to work out costs involved first, everything always comes down to economy, doesn’t it?

    5th November 2019 at 8:32 pm #511074

    The garlic and onions have taken root and some are shooting too .  I am rebuilding the ends of our tunnel that were blown in last year , to keep the wind and our cat out. :-)

    6th November 2019 at 10:07 am #511122

    Everything is pretty stodgy so the vegetable plot is resting, but in the flower beds I have managed to transplant some grasses, plant some crocus bulbs and some Johnsons Blue geraniums plus done some cutting back of perennials and removing spent cosmos in between the heavy showers that have persisted!

    7th December 2019 at 10:28 am #515090

    Obviously not much ” going on ” in the garden. Just harvesting to eat, carrots,turnips and celery ( makes a lovely lamb stew) . Spinach , lettuce ,leeks and onions growing nicely in the politunnel , The frost put an end to the tomatoes , so we are finishing the last ones now . We will be shucking our beans that have been drying upstairs since we brought them in , ready for eating , we likes beans . :-) :-)

    7th December 2019 at 11:28 am #515101

    Nothing except herbs in the garden, Rosemary, thyme and the end of parsley. I might use thyme with lemon and honey, as I feel a cold coming :-(

    7th December 2019 at 1:19 pm #515107

    The garden here has more or less been put to bed for the winter. Broad beans, garlic and onions are doing well under polythene cloches. Most of the rest has been mulched with straw for the winter. The polytunnels stay productive with salades, mâche, blette, spinach and herbs.

    7th December 2019 at 5:07 pm #515150

    The kiwis are looking strong and healthy but, other than just two broad beans that have so far come up, nothing else in the produce garden, but in the flower beds, I find it amazing that the fuchsias are still in flower!!

    9th December 2019 at 2:10 pm #515296

    Did you pick your kiwis Fruitcake ? We picked ours before the frost that we had a couple of weeks ago .

    9th December 2019 at 9:00 pm #515334

    They’re young plants Deboer so we haven’t had any yet, we only planted them this year. Fingers crossed for a taste next year!

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