Sunday, October 19, 2008
With that in mind the beds are topped up with a mix of vintage manure
and plenty of well rotted leafmould
and are then covered with membrane. Over the winter, worms will draw down the manure and leafmould mix and the cover will prevent weeds from growing. A welcome bonus is that the soil will be a few degrees warmer come spring than that which is exposed to the air. This will allow me to plant some crops out a little earlier than I could do in traditional beds.
We use lots of celeriac. Its grand mashed with spuds or added to stews. Ours are bulking up fabulously now.
These tomatiloes are not a winter veg but as they are in the tunnel they will be harvested for another few weeks or until the frosts finally come. We have used them to make a proper Mexican salsa today and mighty fine it tastes too. A good job as we now have 6lb in jars to last through till next year with a lot more to come.
Tuesday, October 14, 2008
They have grown exceptionally well and as they are not a permanent bed where good practice states they are not really harvested till the third year, they will be brought into the tunnel after Christmas to be brought on to give an exceptionally early crop of English asparagus.
Trying to push the boundaries is one of the great gardening challenges.
It does not take long for the birds to make the most of the feast, as the above "cleared out" head shows.
Our spinach bed has produced and produced all summer long. We have even resported to steaming it, squeezing the water out of it and freezing it ready for use in the kitchen. Hopefully this will stand over the winter.