For Christmas Santa surprised me with some gardening inspiration.
-Garden people (thanks Sarah!)
-Allotment month by month; (thanks tom!)
-Preserves; how to make lovely jams and other delights! (thanks Heather!)
And some gardening kit;
-A greenhouse thermometer
-And some chalk board tags
I was also eyeing up my parents gardening books 🙂
Saturday I managed to get down the plot for a couple of hours.
I was shocked to see the water but is full to the brim! Even with my bad connection! I know I shouldn’t be surprised with all the rain we had.
Also all the garlic has grown. I planted one lot out.
I cleared and dug over the two back beds. And I have just invested in 4 bags of manure in preparation for a new years day dig!
Oh dear it’s nearly another month and the plot has been neglected again. Life just seems too busy at the moment!
But next Saturday as soon as the sun is up I will run down with my scruffy jeans on.
So I have abandoned the plot for nearly a month. And it looked suitably sad.
One flopped bed!
Some of my garlic and a few onions are showing signs of life, but I have a fair few non starters. Time will tell I guess. But my nets are working a treat at keeping the leaves off.
I forgot my cabbages!
And my strawberries have gone wild. Bit unsure what tlc I should be applying.
Next weekend I plan to my rake out and have a tidy up… I promise!
So today the big cull took place! Boo hoo!
So it seems a great time to review our amazing tomato year!
We have not had to buy tomatoes since about July!
And made lots of chutney
We had whole vines!
We had little ones
And others that looked like Elvis!
We even won a prize!
It’s been a jungle at times!
And it’s mostly been held up by various gardening tools! And watered twice a day through the summer!
We have come along way from the little pack of seeds and widow sill days!
Lots of hard work, but can’t wait till next year!
Today i purchased some garlic bulbs:
Early purple wight; soft neck
Carcassonne wight; hard neck
And onion sets:
Tomorrow they will hopefully go in 🙂 but i have hurt my shoulder…. so i might need to enlist some help!
The plot was covered in leaves today; so i can see it will be a bit of an issue over winter. As a result I will net my onions and garlic to give them a helping hand. Also planning to dig over/weed/manure and tuck up the other beds tomorrow for a snugly winter!
My tomatoes are still going; but tomorrow they will meet the end… Planning my last chutney batch.
So we tried the chillies!
They were hot and smell like rhubarb. I am now trying to re home my mountain of chocolate habenero chillies, as they literally set your mouth on fire! But I am going to try a rocket booster chutney with a few! Also my ‘nice’ chillies are getting ripe… finally.
Today I gathered a surprising amount of tomatoes, some small Courgettes and Rosemary (which I accidentally lopped off) not a bad haul! I’m amazed my tomatoes just keep going in the greenhouse. Even with once a week watering!
I also skinned my finger, whilst digging in half the green manure. You can are the rather hedge like patch…
I saw a late sweet pea flower too!
Today I pulled up our last potatoes.
Should keep us going for a bit.
My poor plot has been a bit neglected. I feel bad
I went down last weekend and some of my sunflowers had gone splat face down. Was a sad sight, but I hope the squirrels enjoyed it!
But… tomorrow I am popping in first thing, and I hope it’s clinging onto life. It’s just too dark now by the time I have finished work.
I’m on a tomato hunt and I suspect they are still cracking on.
My chillies have gone wild at home and I have them coming out my ears!
Although lots of the new flowers are dropping off. I even invested in some chilli lights!
I’m planning some re homes now I know they are ok indoors.
This weekend I can dig up my last main crop potatoes… And I’m sure a bit of tlc is in order! Can’t wait to get back down the plot with my scruffy jeans!
It’s a bit nippy so we moved one batch of chilli plants home today. One is heading off to a new home… and the others will take up residence in the flat. Hopefully the fruit will keep turning 🙂 also will be great decoration for Mexican night.
On my mini plot visit today I dug up my first lot of main crop potatoes.
I has hoped for more. But it’s ok for a start. I found my first rotten potato 😦 so I quickly chopped my other plant tops off. I read that this helps the skins to set ready to pull them up for storage. 2 weeks time I will update!
Other than potatoes I got…
Lots of tomatoes and two lovely sunflower heads!