Gardening diary week 49 - bee blog
December 2nd to December 9th
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It has been frosty and the pigeons are eating the greens starting with the sprouts. To prevent them eating everthing I have covered some of the sprouting brocolli that won't crop until next year and the spring cabbage that are still very small. The pigeons can have the sprout tops on the early sprouts (variety Oliver sown week 13) as they won't harm the sprouts that are ready to pick now anyway.
Photos Sunday 2nd December 2007. Pruning large cooking apple tree. John's Early Purple Sprouting. Apples for birds. Planted first garlic. Sowed broad beans. Need to plant tulips bulbs that are now late.
Time to clean out the gutters and trim the Virginia Creeper.
Sunday 5th December 2004 It was a great day to sow early peas - indeed it was warm enough for a few bees in every hive to go out in the middle of the day for a fly around. I sow these peas simply and thickly in drawn out drills. As the rhyme goes:- one for the mouse, one for the crow, one to rot and one one to grow.
Weekend 6/7th December 2003. On Sunday the sun shown but the light breeze came from the east and as the day ended with clear skys there could well be a frost tonight. I like to sow Meteor round seeded peas during the first week in December and got four rows of saved seed in today. One lot of seeds were those that I selected this year as a cross between the Meteor and my tall old fashioned peas as the plants were growing considerably taller than the rest of the row.
Sunday December 8th 2002. It's getting still colder with the wind in the East although it has been dry a a fine day to get some peas sown. I have sown 4 rows this year - twice as many as last year.
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