Winter is on its way!

Garlic 2

It has been quite a while since my last blog update. Sorry guys, it has been quite manic here for the last few weeks and as the sky turns greyer and darker, I switch on my hibernation mode to stay indoors, knitting and sewing.

As the weather was quite mild and dry yesterday morning (with some sun – lucky us), I took the liberty to tidy the Patch and planted some garlic. I was so pleased that I did it as the rain started in the afternoon. Plus, one thing off the to do list always makes me feel more positive. If you haven’t planted your garlic for next year, or worse, bought any garlic bulbs for planting, there is still time to do it. You can find out more about garlic in my previous blog.

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Solent Wright (Left) and Elephant Garlic (right)

I cleaned out my tomato bed and planted some Elephant and Solent Wright Garlic. The plan is to add some of my homemade compost in early spring as mulch and booster. Judging by the way the Alpacas are performing (or more precisely, pooping), I will have tons of homemade compost by then.

While tidying the Patch, I harvested our last slot of tomatoes, some spinach, a mooli, carrots for this morning’s juice, mini squashes and more runner beans! The Brussels sprouts are coming along quite nicely despite the slugs, which are growing in population around the leaves.

The aubergine plants are still going (they are not even in a greenhouse), but I have decided to do some experiments. I cut the plants to just a few inches above the soil and covered them with cloths and fleece in the hope that they will spring back to life next spring. What do you think? Will it work?

As the weather has been mild so far, I haven’t prepared any winter protection for my herbs garden yet. As I am writing this, I added this on to my to do list as it will be awesome to be able to harvest my own mints, basil and coriander in the middle of winter. Perhaps I can get a few pretty mini glass greenhouses to keep them nice and warm.

I love experimenting with my winter vegetables as I demolished my greenhouse a few years ago. I tend to sow them slightly earlier than recommended and this gives them the time to harden off so that they can withhold the harsh winter. However, this hasn’t always worked.

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If you are a seasonal vegetable grower, meaning you do not do any vegetable gardening during winter, I would urge you to try out Riverford food delivery. I will have a full review on their food and service on my next blog. Stay tuned!

 

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