Sunday, February 24, 2008
These globe artichokes were sown last autumn and were then left outside quite by accident until last week when they were rediscovered amongst lots of soft fruit cuttings. They were then repotted to ber grown on till April when they will be planted out in their permanent position. Each artichoke plant should be productive for about 4 years before requiring replacing with new ones.
To ensure lots of mature plants which will provide plenty of fresh growth I module sowed flat leaf parsley in early February. No thining will be undertaken, each module clump will be sown as is to provide lots of leaf. Again these will be planted out after the worst of the weather in April after a good hardening off period in the cold frame.
Friday, February 15, 2008
Wednesday, February 13, 2008
Two rows of staggered canes were tied to tension wires running the length of the tunnel. Eighteen canes fitted the bed. The three beds will give us room for about 60 plants. Hopefully the farmer will fill the trailer again this week so I can fill the next bed.
Saturday, February 09, 2008
Once the rotovating was done it was time to make semi permanent bean frames. Ten foot lengths of scafolding were knocked into the ground using a home made post thumper (thanks Malc), a tool that does make it soo much easier, till 7' is left exposed.
If the bed is needed for other crops then the canes can be left out and the bed used as normal. The framework doesnt really get in the way and the system really gives you lots of flexibility for crop growing.
Thursday, February 07, 2008
Last year, our good friends Shelley and Paul gave us half a dozen box plants. Whilst on holiday in France last summer, a trip to a garden centre saw Kazzi buy the cat shape for the box to grow through to give it a topiary shape. Hopefully it will be big enough to trim this autumn.
The first Wednesday of every month is "Bonfire day" on our site. We generally only have one or two in a year and this one got rid of a load of old timber from our new half plot along with all of the raspberry prunings and brussels sprouts stalks.
Thirty minutes on the table saw converted some scrap 2 x 2 timber into wooden plant labels. As well as being green they look so much better than plastic labels in the beds. They are untreated but should still last a few seasons before succumbing to the bonfire.
I have made about 60 of them and they are just waiting for the crops to be sown or planted before being put into use.
The pond dug last year on plot one has proved such a success that another has been dug on our new half plot. It has a lump of yellow flag iris in the pond along with some oxygenating weed and has been planted round with more flag iris, verbena, achilea, echinacea and michaelmas daisy. A pile of logs will be added as a hidey hole for beetles and amphibians.
It has been filled with rainwater from one of the 1ooo litre IBC's and it holds about 80 gallons. Hopefully it will attract frogs and toads to spawn.