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Plugs & Carbs All Jammed Up

With both my plots ready for next season its been a leisurely few weeks for me, pottering about in my back garden for several days. The borders have been weeded, shrubs trees and plants pruned or cut back and the Autumn leaves from neighbouring trees have been raked up and added to my compost heaps on N1 Plot. The lawn has been raked, aerated and a mix of soil and sand has been applied to fill in a few dips in its surface. Just the greenhouse to tidy with some cleaning and disinfecting to do on it, before it again sees the addition of some early sown vegetable seeds in their pots and trays. Oh! and some fence painting to finish off.

Common Frog
He Changed Colours to Match the Autumn Leaves in My Garden (18/November/13)

With the M.O.T. Test being due last month on my trusty 20 years old Vauxhall Astra I was wondering if it would pass its test this time. Deciding not to wait for the test I bought another car, deciding to keep the Astra as a "spare". A few days after the purchase, the Astra, for the first time ever, refused to start. Several hours of tinkering with plugs, leads and various other engine components saw the fault rectified and things are running smoothly again. Having got one engine back into working order I thought I would test my luck further by sprucing up and repairing my old Landmaster rotorvator, which I was having carburetor problems with. At present I'm half way through the repairs, with the carburetor dismantled and the fuel tank, pipes and filters cleaned out.

Robin Redbreast
My Friendly Back Garden Robin (18/November/13)

Since my last main post on the 14th of November the weather has been typically autumnal, apart from the continual heavy full cloud cover, except for 5 days with some sunshine, when the clouds decided to disperse.
I spent 4 of the 5 days doing various tasks down the plots, mainly clearing fallen leaves. The final few meters of ground on the lower part of the L-shape of N1 plot has finally been dug over. The last of the sandier/gritty soil from my back garden project earlier this year, about 1 ton of it, was dug into the damp heavier clay at the same time. This part of the plot will be used to grow Pumpkins and Squashes next year as they seem to appreciate the dappled shade there.

Compost Bins N1 Plot
Compost Bins Already Full With Autumn Foliage (8/December/13)

This afternoon was spent removing a few annual weeds which still have the audacity to be growing in some of my previously prepared beds. A few herbs were potted up for future use and although it is fairly seasonably damp in my poly tunnel at the moment the new Strawberry plants, in pots, taken from runners in the early Autumn, needed watering. Although there have been quite a few heavy overnight frosts lately, many plants are still growing, budding and retaining their flowers. The Daffodils and Bluebells along the top of the drainage ditch bank (N1 Plot) are already showing through, as the milder daytime temperature continue to prevail.

Daffodils Appearing (8/December/13)
Bluebells Appearing
Bluebells Appearing (8/December/13)

With frozen vegetables from my freezer being used on a regular basis it was time to check the freezer contents to see what produce was still left. There were plenty of Cabbage, Carrots, French beans, Leeks, Garden peas and various types of fruit still left, although the Runner beans were starting to run out (pun intended). Doing an inventory now and again gives me an idea as to the quantities I will need to sow in the following season. Due to the bumper fruit harvest this year and the fact that my last batch of jam has been used up, it was time for some more jam making, using some of the frozen fruit from the freezer. Red currant, Strawberry and Raspberry jam were soon back on the menu.

Savoy Cabbages
Savoy Cabbages N1 Plot (8/December/13)
Homemade Jam
More Jam (8/December/13)

There's always tomorrow!!


  1. Is your soil as dry as it looks?

    1. A simple yes or no isn't sufficient to answer your question. The wet or dry soil scenario is pretty unusual at the moment. With no appreciable rain for several weeks now, (just mist & drizzle) the soils surface sometimes makes the soil look wet overall. It is only surface wetness to about 5mm. on solid/unbroken soil. Sticky on the top if walked on but if it is turned or rotorvated the rest is dry underneath and breaks up quickly staying dry afterwards. The rough already turned areas of soil are dry as are the surfaces where compost/manure have been spread. Grass areas are wet and staying so most of the time throughout the day.


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