Saturday, 22 January 2022

Winter Garden

 Assuming you are one among those nature lovers who do not mind a bit of cold then this time of year is a good time to get out and do a few jobs.


Your plot should be full of live during winter seasons. Snow and cold temperature should not stop you form getting out there. 


Evergreens, supports and greeneries add tone to your plot while winter and late-winter sprouting plants add tone as well as aroma also.


 When searching for potential plants to utilize, think about those that can endure brutal winter storms. You can pick red twig dogwood, holly, winterberry or nandina.


These plants offer extra tones supplementing the white winter environmental elements. 


Keep your plot free of weeds this time of year helps stop them from taking over in the growing season.


 One of the most incredible ground covers during winter season is the English Ivy. Periwinkle, alba or bugleweeds are among different models.  


Have a go at establishing vegetables in your colder time of year garden. There are vegetables that are commonly utilized in a colder time of year garden. Among these are winter rye, beets, carrots and a few types of winter-prepared broccoli and cabbage and kale.


While taking care of these errands, have a go at changing your view. Adding bird enclosures, models and seats may add a little change in your nursery.

 Given that you add feeders, a few birds that will be seen sneaking into your plot are finches, woodpeckers and cardinals. 

With a little preparation, you can appreciate watching extraordinary view from your window. Indeed, even flagstones might captivate you to go out to your nursery to investigate the blossoms of witch hazels or heath. 


You may likewise consider making pathways made of old blocks, rock or stone. This will clearly brighten up your colder time of year gardens.


Monday, 17 January 2022

Rats Teeth

 By chewing through a dam, a rodent can drown a country."

Edmund Burke


I needed to get rid of the rodents, or soon over run my plot. Rodents are notorious for the way that quick they breed. Be that as it may, I need to get rid of them.


Rodents have a mind boggling present for endurance. On Engebi, one of the Eniwetok Atolls where atomic bombs were tried during the 1950s, researchers got back to see what stayed after the bombs were detonated. 


They observed radioactive soil, vegetation annihilated and a flourishing state of rodents. 

Rodents can endure a fall of 50 feet without injury. They are also  great swimmers, being able to cross wide streams (a tremendous mass of rodents was recorded in Southern Russia in 1727 when a large number of them swam across the River Volga from Astrakhan). 


They can float for three days without resting and plunge to   100 feet without harming themselves. 


They live for 2 to 3 years, and a female rodent commonly has a litter of 6 to 12, six or seven times each year.


 They live in settlements (loads) with each rodent having a position like in an army, one guy at the top and all the rest ‘know their place’ 


They rest together, groom one another, and take part in play and play-battling. At the point when the settlement gets too enormous, the more youthful guys pass on to begin there own gang of their own.

Rodents are known for their sharp teeth which can be as hard has a jewel. 


 These hard teeth empower rodents to chew through wood, bone, plastic line, even block. Rodents will eat almost anything, and have been known to eat cleanser, cowhide, and hides, yet incline toward grain, animals feed, and meat of different sorts, including human, in spite of the fact that instances of that are uncommon. 


However, with their huge cravings, they can and will eat 33% of their body weight consistently.


What chance de we stand!


I have caught one, this year, so far and so far this year, they have eaten all my crops on my plot.

Thursday, 6 January 2022

Summer Veg

 As we are moving into warmer summers with climate change. It is time I think to consider trying veg that perhaps we would not grow here in the UK.


I have looked at a few that I will try this coming season.


The first is cucumbers, which I normal grow under cover, but this year I will grow them outside in the open, making sure that they a protected from the wind.




How to plant cucumbers:

 cucumber grows well from seed and I aways start mine out in a pot in my glasshouse. The soil must be at least 10 degrees


When to plant cucumbers: 

 Mid march till Mid April.


Feed the soil when planting and feed them weekly with liquid feed once they have set fruit.



 Although they are heat tolerant, they require even and consistent watering to prevent them from becoming bitter.


In hot weather water morning and evening.

Do not overcrowd plants –  give them plenty of room


Pick fruit early in the day and immerse in cold water to lengthen storage time.


Sunday, 2 January 2022

Hot Weather Plan


What do to do on cold wet winter afternoons: Think and plan the next season.

When planting in hot weather, ponder these five things:


Your watering plan

Shade

Mulch (holding dampness)

Wind and,

The vegetables you need to develop


Watering Schedule


In warm environments it is essential to water your plot to some extent two times every day. It is best to do earlier today and evening. Watering in the day is fine, yet it is less effective as such a great deal it dissipates before it gets to your plants. Be careful no to overwater which your crop to rot.


Mulch


 I like to apply up to an inch of straw, or some such over the whole plot



Shade

Many plants do not like too much direct sunshine, make shore you have some shade netting handy for those hot days to come


Wind

Also have some netting to protect fro the warm/hot south/west winds.


Do this now and do not wait till it is upon you!



Saturday, 1 January 2022

Big Rats

 Rats have eaten all my crop apart from the Kale..........the rats are as big as small rabbits.....so this year it is war.....

Any ideas please?

Wednesday, 29 December 2021

Cavolo Nero

 Black MAGIC

Black Magic Kale,

 Cavolo Nero. Reproduced in Britain, for the British environment, the leaves are moderately slender and most certainly extremely crinkled. Taste is amazing, either reaped as young leaves or left to improve up by the cooler winter climate.

Harvest about a month into the growing season when the leaves are about the size of a normal palm. 

You can hope to harvest about a kilo of leaves for each season from the normal plant. The actual plant is impervious to most illnesses and, except if left to dry out, improbable to bolt. Best in the winter and early spring.


It was given a RHS Award of Garden Merit (AGM) in 2015. Dark Magic is a F1 half breed.

Thursday, 23 December 2021

Winter creeps up

 Winter creeps up on us.

It is fundamental that you set up your plot for Winter, not exclusively to guarantee that it looks great, yet in addition groundwork for Winter implies that the work you will be needed to do to guarantee a fruitful Spring will be diminished on the grounds that you should accomplish less  work for instance with less tough plants subsequent to having guaranteed they endure the Winter sound.


The ideal opportunity to begin accomplishing this planning work is the point at which you hear the climate forecaster beginning to discuss the chance of ice as a general rule. In the UK this will more often than not be around the end of October.


Work out what you need with regards to your plot and what you think could be improved. During this season it is the ideal chance to ponder moving things around into spaces of the plot where they might work better or even eliminate things out and out in the event that they didn't work. You can likewise begin establishing bulbs prepared for a blast of shading in the Spring.


Something else you really want to guarantee you do is clean things up on the plot. Make sure you do the weeding  and cleaning up leaves. Do not the temptation to prune excessively. 

Assuming you have bulbs in the ground that are not exactly tough assortments then you really want to eliminate them and let them dry in the sun for some time prior to putting away them in the carport or shed to shield them from the Winter ices and snows.


Another good tip, assuming you don't have one, is to begin a manure heap during this season. Toss in any cuttings you have just as dried fallen leaves (keep away from any infected ones however) and when next season comes around again you will have a phenomenal fertilizer prepared for use.


Before Winter truly sets in and the ground freezes strong, it is smart to give it a decent watering as despite the fact that snow might lie on the ground for some time, it very well may be a critical time before it dissolves thus this can prompt drying out of the ground.


At last, set aside the effort to clean all of your digging tools. Do the honing and oil any moving parts that require it. Ensure they are all in top condition and afterward store them in an appropriate area. That way, there will be no disappointments around finding the right device or different instruments not working as expected when next season shows up.


Come Spring, you will be extremely happy you did.