Wednesday, 28 September 2022

Grow your own worms

 How to get earth worms into your beds.


Worms like warmth, dampness and darkness.


Choose a bed that is empty and water it for two weeks. Then cover it for the winter with plastic.


When you open it up the following Spring....there you are.... the best growing soil ever.


I do one bed a season, works wonders ever time.  

Wednesday, 21 September 2022

How to store your carrots

 


I've generally felt carrots are, similar to potatoes, an underestimated vegetable. Flavourful and solid, carrots are an especially decent wellspring of beta carotene, fiber, nutrient K1, potassium, and cell reinforcements as well as being low in calories.


In September it is a good idea to lift your lift your  main crop carrots, use a fork to lift your crop. Remove the tops. Lay aside any parted or harmed carrots.


To store, use a cardboard box and put  about   ½ inch (1 cm) layer of  damp sand at the bottom. 

 Doing this will stop the crop going wrinkling, if they do you can put the carrots in water for a couple of hours and they will be fine.


Lay the carrots top to tail in a line or in a circle with a tiny bit of room between and afterward cover with sand to ½ inch (1 cm) over the primary layer. Rehash as required. Keep in cool  spot and they should keep going for quite a long time.

Thursday, 15 September 2022

Tomato Care in September

 

Greenhouse Tomato Care 

  • Keep on feeding and do not overwater now things are cooling down.
  • Wash off shade paint .
  • Do make sure that your green house is well ventilated to help, this'll help to prevent mildews developing. 
  • Remove any diseased leaves.
  • Remove leaves starting from the bottom that are shading the fruits to help them ripen and improve airflow.

Tomato Freezing 

If you find you've too many tomatoes to cope with at the moment, just put them them into your  freezer. They willl keep at least 3 months and be ok for cooking. 

Tuesday, 6 September 2022

Use the Greenhouse

 

 Use the Greenhouse 

Autumn is upon us, however it is not too late for sowing a few crops outdoors, like lettuce and carrots.. If you have a greenhouse or a poly-tunnel you can make good use of it – even if you have a few  tomatoes in the ground. 


Sow early carrots, turnips and  beetroot for a quick crop that would be ready mid to end November.

Also good to continue with successional sowings of lettuce which do remarkably well under cover as the year cools down. Keep a space for a some spring onions too – White Lisbon Winter Hardy .

I grow my Taunton Dean kale in containers and bring them in when the weather starts to get bad. The idea is to keep the birds off  the crop. 

You can also use containers for all the above crops it gives you option to grow inside if the weather is too harsh, just move them under cover.

Tuesday, 30 August 2022

Mulching

 


If you get a much needed shower of rain, it’s a good idea to mulch. Use well-rotted compost material, cardboard, or part decayed grass clippings between the rows and around the plants. This stops evaporation losses, and will also give your crop  nutrients and helps the next shower soak into the soil.

Mulching also helps to keep down the weeds – another benefit!

This is the last time that it is possible to sow carrots, you should harvest at the end of October  

Monday, 22 August 2022

Drought

The lack of rain being more of a problem than the heatwave. Plants will generally cope well with a period of hot weather but lack of water is a major problem. Now they’ve declared a drought, expect more restrictions and hosepipe bans.

Just to be clear, if you have put in rainwater harvesting and storage, you can use a hosepipe to water your plot from your own tanks or butts. You will most likely need a pump to provide enough flow - either mains powered or by battery. There’s a wide range to choose from but I’ve had a couple of people praising the Bosch system so that may be worth shortlisting.

Remember, the ban applies to using a hosepipe for mains water, not harvested water from your tanks.

There’s been a lot in the press about using grey water from the bathroom and ways of reducing how much water you need for the garden. All valid but the thing is, if we are going to get more hot, dry summers then we will need to set up our own water systems ready to catch the winter rains.

Putting a decent volume of water capture and storage in is quite an investment. Even with climate change, we’re possibly looking at one in five years being too dry – maybe more in the south east of England.

 Not so long ago they were telling us we were going to have wetter summers with climate change. Confused? I am!

Incidentally, whilst there are variations between water companies with a hosepipe ban, most are allowing pressure regulated drip watering systems that are fitted with a timer. Registered disabled are also allowed to use a hosepipe in the garden.

Wednesday, 17 August 2022

Weeds....Weeds

 Weeds.. weeds.. weeds


August might be a time when you take time off , however, a drop of rain and the weeds are up,  jumping right  out of the ground and cultivating. It just takes one plant to seed to keep your cultivator occupied into the indefinite future.


If by some stroke of good luck our vegetables developed as well - we'd sow  bunch of seeds and never do one more stroke of work, aside from gathering. Indeed, a man can dream as he has some time off! Presently, back to the weeding