When planting garlic in the UK you will be well advised to initially buy specialist
cloves that have been selected for our climate from a seed
rather than using garlic on sale in the supermarket as seed. The
garlic sold in supermarkets is almost certainly not grown in this country and
will therefore not give you the best results. In future years you will be able
to keep the larger specimens from your own crop and use them for your seed.
The weather has warmed up again and I have started planting tulips.
Saturday Sunday 28/29th October 2006. Another lovely warm still weekend. Clean up time. Ive madeseveral trips to the dump, sorting and taking old metal, plastic and broken glass away from the plot. The old metal I inherited from previous owners, the glass I took up there years ago as windows that had been removed to be replaced with plastic ones with intention of building some kind of green house. Over the years some of the widows that had been laid to one side had become neglected and broken. I had let the brambles to grow over them (and a multiple of other sins) allowing the area to grow wild as a wild-life haven. When the Head Gardener saw the old broken glass under the brambles on her search for foxes she was beside herself with anger and all the glass has had to be removed and taken to the dump.
The Aqua Dulce broad beans seeds we sowed a couple of weeks ago were just up and poking through the ground and ready for a first hoeing around.
Harold has given me two varieties of winter lettuce seedlings this year. They will be the first lettuces ready in the spring next year.
Sunday October 30th 2005 Another extremely mild day. I've started a new
tulip bed next to the little apple tree that has been doing so well in recent
years. It's a bed that I dug over in the spring in order to get the bind weed
out. Judging by how much bind weed was still in there, not very successfully
apparently. It's a bed that has had rocket left there to go to seed in the
last few years so I'm hopefully that it will produce more rocket and possibly
land cress as well as tulips in the spring. After the tulips have finished
and been dug up I will give the bed a dig over and remove more bind weed and
add plenty of manure before planting out squashes there for the summer.
I planted out what was left of the Japanese onion seedlings.
Saturday October 29th 2005 This autumn the weather has been record breaking.
Never have we experienced such warm weather at this time of the year. And this
week was no exception as we experienced several warm days of continuous bright
sunshine. Today it was a little gray but still warm nonetheless. I haven't
thought much about snowdrops and aconites recently until today when I decided
to give the area under the apple tree a weed. Evening primrose is quick to
established itself throughout my allotment as I tolerate a lot of it letting
it flower and go to seed for the birds. But those growing under the apple tree
I pulled up along with any verbascum that is just as prolific if left to it's
The japanese onion sets got their first weed and liquid feed today.
I pulled a few good sized leeks today. The leeks did get quite consistently
attacked by leek moth this year and I think this new pest is going to be with
us from now on. The organic control method for leek moth that seems to be effective
is to screw or cut the top of the plants off as soon as there is any sign of
moth damage thereby removing the grub before it can develop and eat it's way
right down into the center of the plant. The leeks soon recover from the loss
of leaf and the moth doesn't it seems lay more than one egg per plant or on
the same plant twice. Obviously if the leeks are well established and healthy
before half their foliage is removed they will stand a better chance of making
a good recovery and growing to good sized plants and those few plants that
moth misses altogether will be bigger and better plants than the rest. Maybe
this will be another crop that will need to be grown under fleece to get maximum
results in future.
Friday October 28th 2005 The greengage tree outside my window has just
had a visit from two Great Tits one Blue Tit and a Firecrest
sure it was a Firecrest although they can be easily confused with Goldcrests
As the leaves have have fallen from the branches I guess the bugs have moved
to the nooks and crannies in the bark for their winter quarters and are going
to provide a winter larder for these insect eating birds.
31st October This weekend sees the end of an era for me as I move the shed out of the apiary site and down to the allotment.
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