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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.
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…
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.
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…
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.