Friday, 21 November 2014

2015 Re-designed Plots N1 & N2 Plots

 There's Always Tomorrow!!

Wednesday, 19 November 2014

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Sunday, 16 November 2014

Another Overcast Week

With just 2 visits to my plots this week again, today and last Monday. Only a little tidying up needed doing and a few weeds required pulling and disposing of, onto the compost heap, so things are moving slowly. I may get around to the 2 main tasks I have left over this year, some time next week, those of repairing my poly tunnel vents and replacing several water butt taps which have worked loose. The plots are mainly damp and looking very Autumnal, although the soil is still workable, (using walking boards), any remaining preparation can now wait until early Spring next year, as I am taking a few well earned breaks from most gardening tasks until then.
Broad beans
Broad beans (Aquadulche) Mid Nov 2014
 In one of my earlier posts I remarked that I thought this coming Winter would bring some extremely bad weather. When I visited my plots last Monday I found beds 3 and 4 already had approximately 6 inches of standing rainwater across their lowest ends. Despite some heavy overnight rain and daytime showery rain this week, the water had drained away by the time I visited the plots today. Hopefully the clearing of the drainage ditch I carried out earlier this year has paid off, as there was no sign of further underground water running into the ditch from the plots, as there was on Monday. Anyone who watched the Andrew Marr show this morning, on the B.B.C. (Bulls******s Baffling the Country) may have heard him comment about the wettest Winter on record, to come, this Winter.

Having harvested a couple of excellent sized cabbages and some spring onions earlier today the rest of the crops growing around the plots need little attention at this time of the year. My parsnips growing in one of my raised beds were weeded out for the first time this season, mainly due to a wasps nest close by them. Having been left to their own devices since being sown, I forked over and weeded the damp and compacted soil around the plants, uncovering the shoulders of the roots to discover some excellent sized specimens. Just some frost needed now to add a little flavour to them, or so the experts say??

Parsnips (Hollow Crown) Mid Nov 2014

 There's Always Tomorrow!!!

Thursday, 6 November 2014


With outdoor temperatures dropping somewhat this week compared to ones of 20 degrees C last week, I've only made a couple of visits to my plots on last Monday and Tuesday. Both days were pleasant enough with some weak sunshine during the late mornings to mid-afternoons. This allowed me to rid a couple of areas of N1 Plot of annual weeds and fallen leaves which were added to my compost heaps. Tuesday was spent harvesting my remaining marrows and squashes from No1 bed On N1 Plot, before any expected frosts take hold. The squash and marrow plants, along with some sparse weeds also being consigned to the compost heaps.
Weeds in Shell
Some Weeds Will Grow Almost Anywhere (Oct 2014)
No1 bed was then partially forked over, adjacent to my fruit cage, and then the heaps of nitrogen rich mud I had recently cleared from the drainage ditch, situated at the southern end of my plots, was broken down and spread across the bed, in lieu of animal manure. Later in the afternoon the remnants of my tomato and cucumber plants were removed from my poly tunnel and after adding some compost to the poly tunnel borders the compost was then forked into them. With the grass paths and other grass areas of my plots having been mowed a fortnight ago, it just left some tidying of the edging around various planting beds to do.
By about 3-30 p.m. and sunlight fading it was time to call it a day. The rest of this week has seen colder temperatures with some rain and breezy weather conditions, so I have stayed indoors doing some decorating and D.I.Y. tasks.

Still Growing End of October 2014
Strawberries Still Growing (End of Oct 2014)

My Asparagus Can't Figure Out the Seasons Either (End Oct 2014)
Winter Onions & Lettuce N2 Plot (End of Oct 2014)

4th Flush of Rhubarb (End of Oct 2014)

Runner Beans for Seed
Some More Runner Beans Left to Seed (End Oct 2014)
Pampas Grass
Pampas Grass Split from Another Gardening Job (Oct 2014)
Gooseberry & Extra Strawberry Bed N1 Plot Weeded (Oct 2014)

There's Always Tomorrow!!!


Sunday, 2 November 2014

Rooko's November Top 10 Tips & Tryouts

1. With the warm sunny weather still continuing in most of U.K. there is still time to plant /sow the following: Lambs lettuce, chard, chicory, lettuce, oriental greens, winter hardy spring onions, spring cabbage, asparagus crowns, bedding plants and from seeds, overwintering peas and beans. Keep fleece or cloches handy in case of unexpected frosty weather appearing.

2. If your house plants start to shed leaves as Winter approaches, try moving them near to a window or warmer position which benefits from some direct sunlight.

3. When potting up bulbs for Spring flowering use a cheap compost in their pots to save money. Add feed later as the bulbs start to flower.

4. Remove any rotting fruit and vegetation from your plot/garden, keep lawns as free as possible from fallen leaves to help stop the spread of diseases. If the weather is mild then grass is likely to keep growing, so mowing it will also make the job of removing leaves easier utilizing the mower to do so.

5. Make regular checks of your stored vegetables, ensuring any diseased ones are disposed of.

6. Adding grease bands to the trunks of fruit trees this month should stop winter moth damage.

7. November is a good month to check, maintain and repair, gardening tools, machinery, greenhouse heaters, cloches, water butts, downpipes as well as checking outbuildings for rainwater leaks.

8. Windy weather probably accounts for more damage to allotments, gardens, trees and plants than most other weather conditions. Ensure tree and plant stakes are well secured. Other outdoor items and structures such as sheds, greenhouses, fencing, planters and pots may all need to be secured or taken indoors if high winds are forecast.

9. Any rotted down compost that you have available can be spread around borders or next seasons veggie planting areas to enable it to work into the soil over the Winter.

10. November is possibly the best month to plant out Tulip bulbs.