Saturday, 28 November 2015

Still pretty cold (5C today and 2.5C overnight) and a bitter wind, but no more frosts.  The nasturtiums have gone all droopy but the the hairy bittercress is loving it.

The weeds are still growing but after half an hour weeding my finger ends had lost all feeling so enough is enough.

I emptied the spent tomato growbag out onto the beds so the potting shed is empty as far as plants go, lots of other clutter though.  I should be taking some of it home for the winter but the garage is full of clutter too.

Saturday, 21 November 2015

First snow

First snow of the season last night, but mostly gone by wake-up time. Temperature down to 0.7C overnight.

Burned a few more branches and hedge clippings yesterday.  I was only able to do so because they were stored in the garage and were nice and dry, everything else is still sodden even though the tide has receded.

Spread three bags of pony manure that I acquired earlier on in the year.  They weren't very big bags but surprisingly they spread over the whole of the asparagus bed.

No more damage to the onions, so far.

Friday, 13 November 2015

The temperature yesterday went to 17C! This is November in NE England, for heaven's sake!

I was cutting the old asparagus fronds down and discovered new shoots coming up!


Crazy climate!


This is one of the unripe sweetcorn cobs that I have put on the bonfire, such a shame they didn't enough sun and warm to ripen them properly, another week would probably have done it.
I suppose it is a chance you take, trying to grow things that don't really belong in your particular climatic zone.


Nearest the camera, two rows of Early Paris White are looking healthy.
The onion sets in the middle are sprouting away nicely.  The danger is that they grow too many juicy leaves and then get clobbered by winter frosts.
No sign of the garlic at the far end yet, but it is early days for that.

Still too wet to do much, the wind blew the netting off the brassicas, but I managed to retrieve it and the pigeons have missed their opportunity.

Monday, 9 November 2015

winter lull

Gone quite cold now, but no frosts and still mildish for the time of year. Averaging about 10-12C most days.
The magic date of 1st November has passed, but without the usual accompanying pyromania, due to incessant wetness in the air.
It would seem I was wise to re-site the pond liner as the first hole I dug is now full to the brim of rainwater, and the frogs are loving it.
I have harvested a red cabbage and two batches of brussells sprouts, all the red shallots are lifted and are at home, drying in the greenhouse.
I have taken home the biggest of the apples and left the small ones for the birds.
The second sowing of sweetcorn haven't ripened, which is a shame because otherwise they were perfect.


 The runner beans are down, also the sweet peas.  I will leave the stems on the soil, to rot down rather than burning them.


This is the biggest celeriac! I think I might not bother with them next year. I have never yet managed to grow any celeriac bigger than a tennis ball.  (Sorry about the fuzzy photo, I have an accumulation of fluff in the Nokia's camera lens)

I have some pre-loved decking planks with which to make a new bed where the pond is, but everything is too soggy to do anything so it will have to wait for dryer weather.