Blimmin Arwen. The fence that we so carefully painted and strung lights all along this past year came down overnight. This was it first thing this morning but it's looking far worse now and it's too blimmin windy to do anything about it today
Saturday, 27 November 2021
Thursday, 25 November 2021
Yesterday I covered some of my raised beds with polythene to try and keep the worse bit of the weather off. I'm glad I did as the weather got considerably colder overnight.We partially covered the pond too and hope it gives the fish a better chance of surviving the winter.
I bought the clips from the local pound shop so I'll see how strong they are
This beautiful holly that I am training into a lolly shape was a self seeded tree that we dug up and moved. It is covered in berries and looks really pretty at the bottom of the garden
Tuesday, 23 November 2021
Brrrr, the weather has changed very quickly these past few days so tomorrow I intend to put the polythene covers on some of the raised beds. They had a good water when it rained last night so should be fine once they are covered up snug and warm.
Today I may well have picked the last of the radish pods though there are still a few flowers left so never say never. The lettuce are coming along really well and 47 of the fifty onion sets that I planted are showing through the soil. The Kalettes look amazing as do the sprouts and three types of Kale. The white fly didn't seem as bad when I had a walk around my plot today. Hopefully the worst is over and the brassicas can start to recover. The two perennial Kale cuttings that Steve gave me earlier this year are looking really strong and healthy and the Florence fennel that I cut back have thrown up some really strong shoots. It's a lovely fresh clean taste and gorgeous in a mixed salad. I have a couple of tubs of peas that I planted for shoots and tomorrow I'll tuck them under the polythene cloche to give them a bit of protection. They'll add some lovely fresh pea taste to the salads and will make a welcome addition. I've got a couple of rows of decent leeks and will be making some lovely cheesy baked leeks in a few weeks time.
Thursday, 18 November 2021
It's absolutely gorgeous out there today. Almost t shirt weather and I've made the most of it by making a start on an edible flower bed. I've dug out some non edibles and moved them to the back of the border as it would have been a crying shame to simply discard them. Then I added a thick mulch of leaves and sand which I have covered with cardboard to stop the leaves blowing all over the neighbourhood. The worms can work their magic all through the winter and spring and then next year I plan to top it off with compost and plant as many edible flowers as I can fit into the bed. To the right of the stepping stones are my spring onions, some beetroot and the chard that I rescued
Wednesday, 17 November 2021
It's been a lovely day for pottering in the garden so we made the most of the fine weather to have a good tidy up. Old plant pots have been stored away properly and some of the more tender plants have been moved to the top of the wood store. I have found that it's the wet rather than the cold that kills my pelargoniums and they survive perfectly well as long as they are under cover. I have emptied three half water butts and layered them with partially rotted compost and a thick layer of leaves that we collected the other day. Then I topped them with a good layer of compost and covered them up with a sheet of acrylic. I'm hoping to transplant lettuce seedlings into the tubs in a week or two. I did this last year and had an amazing crop all through the winter.Then in the spring I added more compost and planted all manner of veggies. I am planning to be a bit more organised next year when I plant things.
This raised bed planter looks really pretty with the lettuce and viola that I am growing for salads. The plants will soon start to bulk out and will give me a nice little crop through the cold weather. The viola make such a pretty addition to salads
Sunday, 14 November 2021
Yesterday I made a simple tray bake lunch with some belly pork, onions, garlic and Jerusalem artichokes which were fresh picked from the tub in the garden. I didn't take my camera out into the garden but when I tipped the tub of artichokes out I was delighted to see that they were absolutely jam packed into the tub. I simply pulled off the ones I wanted and put everything else back into the tub to which I had added a bit more compost. That one tub will feed us for several weeks and I have ten more to work my way through this winter.
|I picked just enough for two people|
It was seasoned well with salt and pepper and roasted for ten minutes before adding the onions, garlic and Jerusalem artichokes. The lovely pork fat that was rendered out made the whole dish really tasty and crispy
Wednesday, 10 November 2021
We've reached the time of year when the ground is covered in huge piles of leaves. Over the past couple of days Tony and I have been out and gathered eleven wheelie bin liners full. Our local green waste collection stops after this month so we will fill the green bin with some of the leaves and keep them moist until they break down. We can continue to add kitchen scraps to the bin over the next few months and I'll give it all a good turn every few days. It's a really warm and sheltered spot on the drive so the leaves break down really quickly. I've added a bag to each of my garden compost bins and thickly mulched one of my veg beds with leaves. I topped the layer of leaves with a layer of reindeer poop and the worms can work their magic on it all. The rest of the bags of leaves can sit behind the wood store and break down slowly in the bags until I need to use it. If it's dry on Friday morning we'll go and collect some more and the bags can sit in the trailer until I make space for them.
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