At this time of the year it really is hard to find things to write about and my dear friend Perry has pointed out that he does not really want to read much more about digging but there is is not a great deal happening in the vegetable garden this time of the year, gardening can be a lot of the same work, I do point this out when we have students here. The great news today was that we had a very good frost, I did not want to be working on the soil, so I was able to start something different, taking out the old canes of the Summer Raspberries,we take out all but last years growth, tie in last years growth and cut it back to the same height. A perfect job when the sun is on your back and the soil is too hard to work.
Last week was a good week for digging and has kept going this week, the weather is so mild and no rain so far, it does make the work faster, after so much physical work this past month I was a little surprised in the bath that my body was not look a little stronger, more bubbles and things look better. We have also put a cover of hay over the Rhubarb, I use the hay on the outside of the compost heap, it is a very good use of it, the weeds are not such a problem because of the Rhubarb leaves cover the area and do not allow much light on the hay. The digging has now moved into the fruit cage, watch this space and body……
Once the perennial weeds have gone it is time to put down the compost, ours is a three year old compost made up of green material from the garden and the meadow hay. We put it on about an inch deep. Stage three tomorrow……
We already grow Kale ‘Black Tuscany’, which is one of the best winter vegetables I think, it grows well and gives a lot, the other day I was thinking about next year and one of the things that I want to grow more of is Kale. The past weekend I went over to see what Tom grows and was very happy with the look growing others gives to the garden, at this time of the year and all that extra we could sell, it would look great at our Christmas Fair this weekend in bunches at the front door. The other two that Tom grows are K.Dwarf Green Curled and K ‘Red Bore’.
Today was the day that the Tomatoes came out, they have more gone over, I am sorry to pull them out but now is the right time, I had a week of cooking last weekend and was able to still be using them from the garden which was great for the guests. The past summer was a very good one for such things as the Tomato, it would have been better to get them in the garden two or three weeks before. The seed was sown on the 30/04/2013, next year I will try and get the seed sown at the start of April.
At this time of the year, weeding in the vegetable garden is a very different job than that in spring or summer, you do not need to worry about annual weeds, they can be dug in as green compost, you need to take out any weeds that are not annual (burn them or send them out with the other green waste with the dust men), then put your compost down and dig it all in, the weeds will die and break down in the soil before the spring.
It could not have started off better, after a very sweet text from a friends wishing me a great day (I was still in bed reading, he was out in his garden), I got out there in the perfect autumn weather and started to put the compost down, after coffee the first of the winter digging in the vegetable garden started, the area where the sunflower had spent the summer is the start this year, I will then move to where we had the potatoes, it looked so good by the end of the day, my back will get use to it again.