What a morning, DD and I went into the veggie patch this morning to do a spot of weeding as this week it is time to weed and prepare beds for future use. It seems the weeds took exception to my pulling them last month and appear to have grown back twofold however after 4 hours our veggie beds are looking pristine again. Next time I am in town though I shall have to pick up a bale of mulch just the same.
I did notice as I weeded that we have been invaded by these conical tiny shelled snails, (not sure what they are called)? which means some research is needed sometime today so I can eradicate them organically if possible.
We left the brasicca bed till last and what a shock to see that we had to pick 3 heads of broccolli, a head of cabbage (2 were ready) and the same of cauliflower. After harvesting watering and cutting back excess leaf cover to allow more airflow I sprinkled on some vegetable dust and covered the bed up again.
DD has been telling me for ages that I really should be growing and selling my vegetable and fruits in season. When I was helping her in her cafe I took over making jams/marmalades and other preserves for her as the chap who made them passed away and they were very popular, so she also thinks I should continue making these as well. As some of my fruit trees are begining to produce quite well nowadays maybe I will?
In the meantime as I sit here restiong my weary bones I can see her sitting there drawing up plans to extend my vegetable garden. She just mentioned that I need to buy a greenhouse or is it hot house so goodness knows what is going to come next?
Guess I had better start looking for all my packed away books on gardening and make sure I have enough jars and lids etc too just ic case she really means it!
How are your gardens going this winter? I found my carrots although growing well, remain a little slow and patchy inspite of my over sowing with new seed. I did notice that my parsnips which I had thought didn't look like they were amounting to much are also finally germinating so along with the broad beans and brassicas it all looks great.
Tomorrow I just have my front flower garden to weed and prepare for the potted colour which I hope bring home next time I go to town as well. That garden has been planted out with white irises on one side of the circle and I'll mass plant the mixed potted colour plants on their opposite side and hope my vision meets my expectations come spring.
I plan on transplanting my gardenias from the west side of the property to the east where they will only get morning sun and not be baked in the afternoon come summer. Havbe prepared their planting holes now just need to dick them up and move them. In their place I am planting Virginian creeper which will grow up a pergola. The back of the cottage gets very hot in summer so Virgian creeper being decidous seemed like a great choice. It grows quickly and vigorously so I will need to keep on top of it however that will not be too much of a problem I hope?
Happy gardening All
Life is what happens to you while you're busy making other plans.
- John Lennon