Category: gardening

Gardeners getting their gardens ready for winter. We tend to do…

Gardeners getting their gardens ready for winter. We tend to do the bare minimum. Clean up, give our tools a look to, and mainly give the soil a break. This year, we’ve decided to let the dahlias stay put and maybe see if we can get our hands on some more mulch. What’s your winter regime?
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Look at those beautiful seeds! #fennel #fenouil #venkel #seeds…

Look at those beautiful seeds!
#fennel #fenouil #venkel #seeds #seedsaving #growyourownfood #growsomethinggreen #herbs #spices #gardening #allotment #moestuin #kruiden #november #autumn

After almost a decade in our current home, in which modifications to the permanent planting have…

After almost a decade in our current home, in which modifications to the permanent planting have happened in piecemeal fashion, I have decided that the time has come to take a more planned approach.  This blog is about what’s wrong with the current planting (in my view) and what I hope to achieve by redesigning it (if I ever get the chance!). (more…)

The thing with us is, we like to sow lots of flowers. But forget…

The thing with us is, we like to sow lots of flowers. But forget to put down a marker of some sorts. And then find us staring at some pretty bloom in the garden and pondering ‘did we sow this, it could be a volunteer, any idea what this is, I thought these would be orange…’ In case you were wondering, we’ve been at this gardening game about five odd years or so…. 🙈
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Weeks 30 and 31. So the clocks have changed and I have just…

Weeks 30 and 31.

So the clocks have changed and I have just been hit with a stupid realisation that daylight savings may actually be for a reason – it is entirely for my planting schedule. If I begin (and end) 1 week earlier next year on Monday March 26th, it will end by Sunday October 28th, giving me the same 31 week growing season but having it be delightfully bookended by the tradition. Thanks, cultural perception of time keeping.

My first picture is kind of a “before and after”. We had a play date over the half term. I knew kids likes berries, but this one kid came round and apparently they had the same reaction to radishes and dill, and completely raided the front two boxes. Not even mad. Just impressed.

Taking that into account we’ve had about 600g of mixed salad, about 150g of radishes and about 80g of dill. I think I can squeeze one more last cut out of the system, but the growth rate is rapidly grinding to a halt. 31 full weeks of salad growing time (another week to go) feels like a good block to me. Maybe in the future I’ll look at season extension or indoor things like micro greens, but for now I’m happy with that.

Slowly but surely getting the garden ready for winter. But not…

Slowly but surely getting the garden ready for winter. But not before the very, absolutely last yellow pearl tomatoes are devoured.
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Week 29. Not much longer until everything gets tucked away for…

Week 29.

Not much longer until everything gets tucked away for the year now. My main activity is just after the kids get put to bed, but the days are getting so short now it’s getting less and less! Starting January, though, child 2 starts pre-school so I should be able to hit the ground running in the new year.

Salad bits: a solid 400g of mixed baby leaves, and an 80g bunch of radishes. I think that’s going to be the standard each week until I can’t push the plants any further, at about the start of November. There should be a dill harvest about then as well. Next year will have a lot more dill, carrots and beetroot around this time too, due to better schedule management, which will be good.

Throwback to a couple of weeks ago, when we harvested our…

Throwback to a couple of weeks ago, when we harvested our (almost) wheelbarrow-sized pumpkins. This was the first of three.
#throwbackthursday #tbt #pumpkin #autumn #squash #gardening #harvest #oogst #pompoen #mega #organicgardening #herfst #potiron #wheelbarrow

Week 28 of the growing season. About 300g of mixed salad and a…

Week 28 of the growing season.

About 300g of mixed salad and a good 100g of radishes. I’ve noticed that the tatsoi is a lot flatter growing than the other salad greens so I’m needing to give it a thorough scoop before the cut. Not much of a problem at this scale but it’s something to think about for the future.

The nights are getting chillier than I care to admit, and the annual denial of putting the heating on until a needless arbitrary deadline has begun.

Don’t you just love flowers? Especially when they’re…

Don’t you just love flowers? Especially when they’re volunteers, popping up in the most unexpected places in your garden? Oh well, beans and corn need company too!
#gardening #calendula #goudsbloem #volunteerplants #flowers #flowergarden #blooms #orange #allotment #organicgardening #growgrowgrow #autumn