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September jobs

Published on September 3, 2012, by in Jobs-to-do.
  • Cut back old raspberry canes and tie in new ones
  • Clear spent vegetable plants
  • Plant out all potted on perennial plants
  • Cut back strawberries
  • Finish weeding herb garden
  • Weed left border and lay plastic to suppress invasive weeds
  • Protect pumpkins from rot by putting on slates
  • Wash shading off greenhouse
  • Plant green manure
  • Collect seeds
 
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August review and thoughts for next year

Published on September 2, 2012, by in Diary, Jobs-to-do.

August was, yet again, a virtual wash-out and, including a week away, not much was accomplished. The weeds are horrendous and I’m seriously considering a no dig strategy. Where the ground has been dug, lots of new weeds have germinated.

The cabbage white have invaded my brassicas and the newly hatched caterpillars are happily munching away. Urgent work needed! Next year I must use fine netting to protect them. I am contemplating a late sowing to see if I can get some more established before winter. The slugs have been appalling too.

Good things in the vegetable garden have been pumpkins, courgettes, lettuces (surprisingly!), tomatoes, cucumbers (greenhouse), French, runner and broad beans, sunflowers, chilies (greenhouse) and beetroot. The sweet peas started well, but now look decidedly brown and unhappy – so too the calendula – what happened there?

Not to be repeated are peas, ocra, aubergines and pak choi.

 
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Cuttings experiment

Published on July 31, 2012, by in Diary.

While tidying up some planters recently I decided to have a go at making more plants. I’ve taken cuttings from a dianthus, a wallflower and a rose I had to move – a shot in the dark. I wait in trepidation to see if they will root. I also divided a favourite primula into ten new plants – fantastic if they take! It’s all very exciting! I’m now on the hunt for more likely suspects………

 
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Herb Garden Makeover

Published on July 30, 2012, by in Diary.

My lovely sister has been to stay and together we have transformed the herb garden from an overgrown mint and weed forest into an ordered and productive bed. We have contained the notorious spreaders, namely mint and marjoram in pots sunk into the ground. I now need to replace the rotten woodwork and put down bark chippings. Many hands really do make light work! Many many thanks Alison!

 
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July Jobs

Published on July 16, 2012, by in Jobs-to-do.

Where to start!

  • Weed vegetable plot on weekly basis
  • Weed and cut back perennials in the herbaceous border
  • Water daily and weekly feed in greenhouse
  • Daily crop picking – raspberries, strawberries, black currants, red currants, gooseberries, cucumbers, peas and broad beans
  • Plant out new pants
  • Earth up sprouts and leeks
  • Trim edges and strip everywhere
  • Get to grips with compost area and start making our own
  • Trim hedges
  • Compost newly cleared borders
  • Weed rose border
  • Clear path
  • Sow seeds in greenhouse to give them half a chance!
 
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Vegetable garden update

Published on July 6, 2012, by in Diary.

Despite nearly continuous rain, the vegetable garden is doing well. Current highlights are raspberries, strawberries, gooseberries, black currents, pak choi, cucumbers, tomatoes and my first melon!

I’m picking a minimum of a pound of raspberries and half a pound of strawberries a day. I’m freezing at least half of the raspberries and we’re either eating or cooking the rest. If it keeps on going this way we will need to buy a bigger freezer!

I have just planted out 18 newly arrived PSB plants. Fingers crossed that the slugs don’t get to them while they’re too small to fend for themselves. Virtually all of my lettuces in the veg patch have been eaten, while the ones in the pots are thriving – something to remember for the future.

We have one courgette, some broad beans and peas developing nicely. I need to dig up the chard and parsley which is bolting and resow.

My aim is to provide all of our veg from the garden – I’d say we’re half way there. Not bad for our first year!

 
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