20/04/2014 Most of my beds are ready, got a few potatoes in the ground, I have mentioned this before, I don’t buy seed potatoes as such, I buy supermarket potatoes in large sacks and before I have reached the bottom many of hem have started to sprout, so these go in the ground, this is not organic gardening, sorry, its practical gardening, I find these potatoes to be more resistant to blight and use up what would end up in the rubbish bin. Ive got some veg in the greenhouse but had an invasion of snails, this is self inflicted, I let the grass around the green house grow to long and left a few empty pots lying around, perfect ground for snails to hide, so I’m cleaning the area up. Some seeds in the ground under polly tunnels. A lots of seeds from squashes that were not harvested last year are sprouting, I’m about to dig another bed, I will then transfer them all to that.
Onion bed dug, bed for carrots ready, just put seeds in trays in the green house, 50 pepper and 10 aubergine.Cold wet and miserable today, welcome to spring in south Brittany. Getting lots of eggs from the chickens and geese, not going to collect anymore Goose eggs, I will leave them in the nest. I’m still getting Broccoli and leeks are looking good. Blossom on the Quince.
3/02/2014 The grounds starting to dry out and we’ve been able to dig the first bed for my garlic. On another post I said about using shop bought potatoes instead of buying expensive seed potatoes, I’m sure the experts will tell me that you can’t/shouldn’t do this but it works for me. This is a potato from a bag of Lidl’s potatoes, there are many who will just throw this away, my experience is that this will produce a good crop, One of the reasons I don’t buy seed potatoes is that potatoes usually are cheap enough, they become a lot of work for little economical reward, the expensive potatoes are new ones, so planting what would normally end up in the bin and pulling them early or as soon as I see any signs of blight becomes very economic.
16/02/2014 Still to wet to do anything in garden, I’m going to put my green houses and poly tunnels to use next weekend as it looks as if the winds have passed. Geese are laying eggs, they’ve built a nest in the turkey house so I’ve had to move it, the turkey house gets to wet when the ground is sodden like now, it needs taking down and a new one built, plan for later in the year. So I’ve moved the nest up into the goose house, where it should be, the trouble with this is it makes locking the geese up harder as James (our male) can get aggressive when the females are sitting. Done a little digging, but it’s really to wet, Broccoli looking nice and leeks are getting big, compost is full of worms, so the gardens not doing to bad looking after its self.
Time To Start Gardening This is Paul’s department, as well as growing much of the food for Rosie’s Kitchen he does most of the preserving, its become something of a hobby for him and he likes that I’m using his own preserved tomatoes in winter. He admits he has a lot to learn, we had a glut of parsnips this year and some have gone to waste as he managed to fill the freezer, he’s planning on buying a small upright freezer this year (chest freezer is in the shed) for the kitchen, he’s got his eye on a Shef food drier and dehydrator on Amazon (I will add a link), at less than 30 pound its perfect for what he needs. Click HERE to find out more about the Shef Food Dryer So he’s looking through the seeds in the shop, But he’s got a lot of work to do, the grounds been far to wet to work with, he starts digging and the holes are filling up with water, he asks if I thought he should try rice! But today we bought some soil to start a few seeds off, he’s desperate to get his chilis and peppers off and running, he saved a pepper plant last year that has kept going well in the house and still producing fruit, so he plans to make his plants easier to dig up and transfer into the house although I know he wants a polytunnel. He’s bought his onions and garlic bulbs, they have been a great success last in previous years, he just needs to be patient, he planted lots of leeks last year and they are going strong, last years broccoli is about finished but we still have a little cabbage in the garden. He says he might not grow potatoes this year, a lot of work for something that’s still cheap in the shops. I have some rhubarb seeds I want planted but its going to be two years before they produce anything.
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