Wednesday, 22 October 2014

Multiple-root Parsnips …

Last Sunday I dug my first Parsnip.  It was pretty much perfect.  I had high hopes for the rest of the row.  This Sunday – my hopes were dashed.  Parsnip after parsnip was stunted and multi-rooted.  After several pullings I finally came upon normality.

Did you apply manure to the bed – I hear you ask – NO – is the answer.  The soil was friable – no hard pan to make the roots divide – so what went wrong – and why?

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I have no idea – have you?

Wednesday, 15 October 2014

Windowsill Gardening …

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Behold – my indoor Herbary.  Basil, Parsley, Chives and Thyme.  Brought indoors to thrive in the warmth over winter.  A convenience – definitely – who wants to trudge to the top of the garden during a snowstorm – not me.  And they look pretty good on the window sill too.

Wednesday, 8 October 2014

Just a Few Last Jobs …

A Robin sat in the plum tree watching me work in the veg patch on Sunday – singing for all he was worth.  I whistled back at him, trying to mimic his song – he laughed in the face of my pathetic attempt and flew off.  Oh well you can’t win ‘em all.

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I set myself the task of clearing the courgettes and planting out the cavolo nero kale.  Let me tell you – those courgette plants are vicious brutes when you are working amongst the leaves and stems – my arms were cut to ribbons.

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I left one plant in as it was on the edge of the bed and not in the way.

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The bed cleared of weeds, refreshed with compost and kale planted, pelleted against slugs and snails and netted against pigeons and badgers.

Job done.

Beetroot seedlings have been planted in the spare troughs and broad beans sown in the greenhouse.

Now all I have to do is wait for everything to mature and enjoy the fruits of my labours.  Maybe I’ll pull a couple of parsnips this weekend – see how they are faring.

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