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Digindeep

Slowly closing down

The vegetable garden.

Poly tunnel now clear and ready for the winter vege'.

Pruned the gooseberries, these being a couple of new ones purchased some months back, for a couple of quid. Back then they were potted up, larger pots, seems to have been worthwhile, judging by the growth spurt.

Raspberries and black currents are next on the list f to-do's.

Courgettes are still producing, though this morning they are looking a wee bit sad and the worst for wear. The question now is ' to remove or leave them for a couple more days?'...'Do we really need more?'

Things like leeks and winter brassicas, that were planted ages back, will stay.

Strawberries, must split them up and move them to a new bed....more work to compete the new bed , still gives me something to do I suppose .

What you all up to, plans for next season and so on?
Christine

If it doesn't rain up here smartly I'm going to grow a cactus or three. As you say, closing down and with the lack of rain it seems to be faster up here.

Freezer full though and compost heap good. New strawberry bed already done and looking well. Seed box still full so hardly anything wanted. Few odd bits of colour for the allotment - new lavender maybe and possibly a new carnation if I can find another red one as both have come to the end of their useful lives.

Few decisions to be made on the home garden when the new fence is done. That will tell me what to do at that end of the garden and the other end will get some pretty flowers to give colour. Doubtless the nasturtiums will reappear along the other fence so problem solved.
Digindeep

We had a few minor showers a couple of nights back, however by lunch time, well you would never have known
The soil is so dry, almost sand, so as you say maybe cactus is the way forward
Do you know of any edible ones?

Poly tunnel almost complete now, but not without problems. Upon closing the zipper door/entrance, one side fine, the other was so tight it started ripping and the zipper suck half way down. then the top half of the zip sprang open.
The whole lot had shrunk in the dry and sunny weather. Now the bally squirrels are chucking the stuff planted around, to bury their nuts.
I'd bury more than their "nuts" if ever I caught them    
Christine

That sounds expensive before the squirrels did the damage.  
Digindeep

Yes Christine.....looking for a new cover....best price available....3 x 2 mtrs.

Pretty standard size....yep!...but that's where they get you....

The one in place at present is one of these green coloured ones, was thinking of changing it anyhow, not enough light gets through.

The whole thing only cost a few quid origionaly, second hand.
Expensive to buy new, but three years on now, well maybe its time is up
Frame is good, new cover?...
Maybe fit opening doors, (wooden frame)...and go from there , with clear sheeting...
Or build a complete new one from scratch.....
Certainly never Green again...takes too long for say the tom's to ripen...

Decisions , decisions, decisions......
horace

No doubt you will get there in the end
sod

Dd Our friends have put second hand screen doors on their plastic houses
Christine

Talking of edible cactus and more also!

The winter onions are planted and the compost heap of this year is moved and turned. Now the latter is usually very late in the season (November) but the bored student grandson cleared a space whilst on holiday so 'tis done earlier.
Digindeep

Sometimes I really do wonder why I bother.
A long awaited one week holiday, ask DD and S in L,  to check up on a few things while we were away.
What do I find on our return, Seven un-picked cukes, courgettes the size of marrows, heads of broccoli going to seed the list goes on.

Spent the last two days clearing up and tidying up.
Basically only the flower beds to be sorted now, still onward and upping the gladdy bulbs ect
Christine

I'm sure that you can make your views known next time they want something doing.  
Rena

Digindeep wrote:
Sometimes I really do wonder why I bother.
A long awaited one week holiday, ask DD and S in L,  to check up on a few things while we were away.
What do I find on our return, Seven un-picked cukes, courgettes the size of marrows, heads of broccoli going to seed the list goes on.

Spent the last two days clearing up and tidying up.
Basically only the flower beds to be sorted now, still onward and upping the gladdy bulbs ect


Maybe they thought the vegies would be better left out ...and that they knew you'd miss having something to do, knowing how much you enjoy gardening an all....

Welcome back! Hope you both had an amazing time away!!
sod

Rena wrote:
Digindeep wrote:
Sometimes I really do wonder why I bother.
A long awaited one week holiday, ask DD and S in L,  to check up on a few things while we were away.
What do I find on our return, Seven un-picked cukes, courgettes the size of marrows, heads of broccoli going to seed the list goes on.

Spent the last two days clearing up and tidying up.
Basically only the flower beds to be sorted now, still onward and upping the gladdy bulbs ect


Maybe they thought the vegies would be better left out ...and that they knew you'd miss having something to do, knowing how much you enjoy gardening an all....

Welcome back! Hope you both had an amazing time away!!


That sounds about right  
Christine

A rough translation is "oh dear me".    

This morning I bought the new season's supply of 20 elephant garlic cloves for the princely sum of a fiver. They are decent enough and I know the grower does good stuff.

Trouble is that there is still stuff on the plot and I've no real idea where to put them. A conundrum for tomorrow.  
Digindeep

Garlic and winter onions have been in for a good while now, poly tunnel and are doing well...,chuffed.
Even more chuffed, was picking and poding ....

Wait for it  





Broad beans, an hour or so back ready for my Sunday roast...okay I'm the only one who eats them ,   ...heck that's the best part of it all...
I love broadies, start some more off maybe tomorrow ..Why not?
Christine

Yep the winter onions have been in for a week or two. I wasn't planning on doing elephant garlic. But we do like it.
Christine

I'm waiting for the weeds to wind down - it's that mild the little darlings are still in full flow on the allotment. Still if the seeds come up now, fewer to worry about during the busy periods.

I've had a small bonfire but now discovered another bag of burnable stuff in the rubbish corner I'm clearing out. Bah as I didn't have matches and cardboard to set it away! So the brazier is nearly full again.

I'm telling you - if it's not one thing, it's another. Oh and forgot to take the compost stuff from home up this morning. Must be a job for tomorrow.

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