Spurred on by my success with onions this season, a crop which hitherto had proved troublesome to me, I decided to have a go at another family group which has always eluded me and so a couple of months ago, I sowed some cauliflower (All Year Round) and cabbage (Winter Jewel) seeds, in a propagator which has lived in the greenhouse ever since. I chose the varieties for their ability to overwinter outside and, with luck, provide us with spring produce. Continue reading
As I peered into one of my little growhouses yesterday, I got a bit of a surprise …… my first ever cauliflower! Cause for celebration, you might think but this speicmen is no family sized block buster, nor would it sustain a health conscious singleton, in fact even the local vole would struggle if it was wholly reliant on this cauliflower for survival. But a cauliflower is a cauliflower, even if it is only 1 inch diameter, and it is the first one I have ever grown at home and so I am going to celebrate it Lilliputian style with a suitably subdued ‘Yipee!’ Continue reading
The air was crisp but the sun was shining first thing this morning and so with the Mudlets delivered to school I decided to take a stroll down to my vegetable patch and greenhouses, to check on the progress of the various plants. Continue reading
With the very strong winds, rain and/or plain icy weather we have been having in recent weeks, I have to admit that I am guilty of neglecting my garden, preferring to remain warm and snug inside and blatantly ignoring the chaos and unkempt appearance at the end of the garden. Not that much of that section of the garden can be seen from the house and I have become adept at turning a blind eye on my daily visits to the coal bunker. Continue reading
I think it’s safe to say that no matter what happens to the plastic covers for my little grow houses, the frames won’t be going anywhere soon. You see, in true Mud fashion, these have been secured to the railway sleepers that edge my beds with industrial strength U-shaped nails and cable ties. Continue reading
Hhmmm. Quite a bit of dead scratching, chin rubbing and tutting later (I think I’ve picked up some bad habits from Mud), a solution popped into my head and I got to work. Continue reading
Today you could have been forgiven for thinking that it was still summer in our part of the UK: the sun was shining, there was barely a gentle breeze to disturb the illusion and temperatures reached the low 20’s. It felt like summer but a look around my fading garden soon dispelled any pretence and I had to face the fact that there was one job I couldn’t put off any longer, so this morning I started the laborious process of clearing the spent plants from my beds, reclaiming my plant rings and labels and consigning numerous bamboo supports to winter storage.
The great tidy up had begun. Continue reading