Friday, 23 March 2018

It all starts here...



My 2018 vegetable campaign has now begun.

Yesterday I put in two rows of red onion sets, and filled a second defunct wheelbarrow with strawberry plants. I'd already established a new patch for a few 'Jerusalem' artichokes.

I have planted more soft fruit bushes, and replaced the 'globe' artichokes and rhubarb crown that perished last year.

Pretty much everything has now finished, so, other than my perpetual spinach, I will soon take out all the remaining 'greens' plants. The spinach will keep giving for a while yet; I'll take them out when their spot is required.

The fruit trees are all looking good, and I have tidied-up the north end of Haddock's. I like a tidy patch.

Other than a bit of digging, I shan't do a lot more until mid-April, and I must say, I'm really looking forward to it.



24 comments:

  1. I didn't know Haddocks was surrounded by a fence but, of course, you have to keep away animals from grazing on your vegetables. I like the gate; did you make it Cro?
    Greetings Maria x

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    1. Before I fenced it, I once found a Deer sleeping under my Broccoli plants. With too many horses breaking out of their field, I had to do something. The gate was one I had hanging about.

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  2. I like the idea of planting strawberries in a old wheelbarrow.

    cheers, parsnip

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    1. It works well, and is easier to stop slugs getting amongst them.

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  3. Bill and Ben have left their hats on your gate posts.

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    1. And their friend 'Weed' has been breeding like fury.

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  4. This week I have planted brocolli, swiss chard and perpetual spinach ready for the cooler months ahead.

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    1. Just as I take mine out. It's a topsy turvy world.

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  5. We've just replaced two panes of glass in the greenhouse and a roof to the shed as a result of "The beast from the East"
    A white Easter is forecast here so I think planting shall be delayed a little while yet. I'm itching to get going though!

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    1. It's nice to get back to planting again. I can hardly wait.

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  6. Nothing like the start of a new growing season. I am itching to get started in my new garden. I have a rather lovely and well-fenced chicken run (chickens long departed) to turn into my new kitchen garden. Sad to give up my allotment after almost 18 years but pastures new beckon. Have I mentioned I am a no-dig gardener? I dig trenches for potatoes and that is all. I have just sourced 1000litres of Council-produced green waste compost for £66 delivered as sadly there is no compost heap to mine for black gold. After this initial delivery I will be composting everything and working a closed loop system as I’ve always done. Exciting times ahead for us gardeners ...

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    1. My next big job is to re-make my compost heap. I shall make a 2 bay heap, so that I can alternate years. My present heap has become one big mess.

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  7. I too like a neat and tidy patch. I saw a glorious photo taken last Saturday of spring blossoms and new greenery in the Loire Valley. By the Monday, it was all covered in snow. I hope you haven't started too early.

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    1. Our last risk of frost is mid-May, so we have to be cautious. Last year I planted-out much too early, and was covering all my tender plants with flower pots every night.

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  8. It is too early here to begin digging (snow on ground), but I look forward (with some trepidation) to gardening soon. The soil in my raised beds has to be replaced so I have hired a nice young man to help me in some tasks that may be too much for me. I wasn’t happy about having to get assistance, but life is what it is, and I have to accept my own limitations.

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    1. A 'nice young man' sounds perfect. I wish I could get someone to dig Haddock's for me.

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  9. How I wish I was more mobile Cro. I used to be such akeen gardener and now all I can do is to issue instructions to my gardener . This morning I have bought a dozen rock plants to go in my empty rockery and various herbaceous plants are waiting to go into the ground. It is all exciting.

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    1. I only get really excited about vegs, although I have already put in a few flowering annuals.

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  10. I have checked for winter damage but it's still to cold to do much. I can hardly wait to get going.

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    1. Champing at the bit; just like me!

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  11. Great photograph of your plot. We have potatoes chitting in our front room and we sowed some carrots in the polytunnel today. Too wet to do any weeding.

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    1. It looks as if we're in for a long spell of rain, so probably the same here.

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