We just caught our dog eating the “aubergines” !!!! She has already had a go at the tomatoes and now the aubergines, I just can’t believe it …. Meanwhile the moles are having a good time digging all over the garden, she’s absolutly not interested by them. I think she’s turning vegan !
Autumn has arrived here .
We are clearing up the tomatoes , those that have withstood the blight , are now showing signs of it .
Sowing onions ( red and white) in our tunnel .
Outside , I’m redoing the veg garden paths with a layer of woodchips before sowing broad beans and mache ( lambs lettuce)
Clearing fallen trees in our “fonds” and bringing up to the wood store while the ground is still dry enough
That’s a beautiful garden to be sure BM.
Autumn is always a busy time in a garden with borders and perennial bushes – just pruning and trimming – generally making sure that everything’s ready for winter before it gets too cold to get out there.
We both had always wanted to be in a house with an acid soil that would grow rhododendrons, azaleas etc and finally after a lifetime we got there – the problem was that, as a maison secondaire previously, they were covered in brambles and other rubbish – but we’re getting there because in May when they’re all in bloom, you know that your efforts have been worthwhile.
Doesn’t leave a lot of time for growing vegetables though!!!
A lot of grass to cut? How about rentasheep ? [/quote]
There sure is a lot of grass! Bandit’s Dad is very particular about his grass ….. it is cut at different heights according to where it is in the garden and the slightly longer (tractor cut) grass has paths cut through it. We did think about some Ouessant sheep when we first came but it never happened and now we don’t have anywhere to put them.
JJ, We couldn’t grow Rhodos/azaleas or hydrangeas in our garden in Norfolk. It’s great to be able to grow them both here and it means we have a good colour show across the seasons.
My first bulb delivery arrived on Monday , so planting those is high on the agenda (apart from the tulips which don’t go in until October).
[quote quote=560422]Doesn’t leave a lot of time for growing vegetables though!!![/quote]
Depends on priorities JJ ?
Mine is veg first and if there is time left , I prune and trim . Our garden is a bit of a wilderness but the animals love it .
I’m ordering hedging at the moment . The plan is to plant 300 metres of new hedge this year . Wild plum,hazel,elder,wild apple,hawthorne and viburnum. Lots of fruits for bird and beast .
I’ve tried various times with parsnips , weird things , sometimes a few grow , mostly nothing comes up !
We are being certified again This time HVE , Haute Valeur Environnementale. It is the next step in ” greening up” the environment. The rules change , so we have to follow.
Not much time for sowing and planting this week . I rented a small digger and have been fixing things that needed doing for a while including putting our water connection from the source underground before the frost comes .
Another thing to cross of “the list ” .
Certainly a change in the weather , cooler and wet .
Clearing up the politunnel , picked the last cherry tomatoes and pulled out the plants .Our other tomatoes are still producing and all the green tomatoes that I picked from the blighted plants have now ripened , tomato soup .
Dug up the sweet potatoes , quite a good crop , about 20 kilo from one plant .
I am hoping to plant garlic and onions this week , if I can make time and it doesn’t rain too much .
I’ve made a start on clearing up in the polytunnel, too. Soon be time to move lots of my pots into the polytunnel for the winter. It has been very wet here but a few dry days respite this week so also had a tidy up in the veggie beds.
I tried sweet potatoes once and barely got enough for one meal. I am so jealous, Deboer, we LOVE them.
I have sown some broad beans in modules as recommended by Danny. We’ll see how it goes. I’ve tried autumn sowings of onions before and they just rot away and garlic is a waste of time here. I think the problem is a combination of wet and warm(ish) Brittany winter weather in combination with our incredibly acidic soil.
Because we’re going to be renting when we move and, although there is a lovely garden, it isn’t mine to do as I wish with, I’ve decided that, once we get settled in, I’m going to go down the container route. I shall let you know how I get on in the fullness of time!
Needless to say, the garden here has not had my attention lately but I have harvested the butternut squashes and nearly finished the same with the parsnips. it’s the grass that’s a problem, it could do with another cut but is much too wet to do so. I do intend to get the strimmer out while Mr F is away having his dialysis treatment, at least that will make it look a little bit tidier!
I was quite suprised by the amount of sweet potatoes too. Last year I planted outside and had a lot less . I think that the combination of warmer in the tunnel and more watering produced the better crop , certainly worth doing again next year.
I sowed onions a while back , the white variety are doing very well but the red onions came up quite thinly .
Our ground is very acid too , using the ash from our wood burner helps a lot .
It rained on and off yesterday so took the opportunity to finish clearing and tidying in the polytunnel. The geraniums have been moved in and other tender perennials will go up as they lose their leaves.
The broad beans, sown in modules, are germinating
Today we’re off for a ‘last’ plant buying trip of the year, especially looking for a couple of tree that have good autumn colour.
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