I was happy to get the first of the books today. The point of the book is that it will be useful to people who want to grow vegetables and also give some ideas on how to use the produce.




It is just under three weeks till I go to the U.S to give my talks on the book tour. I think I may have sorted my talk tonight.  The important thing now is that the dogs do not walk over the talk and move them before I make a note of the order.



I have already got my poppy plants in the ground this year. I few a months ago I saw that the pots that I had left with soil in where full of self-sown poppy seedlings so today I started to plant them in areas they will look good but not be in the way, like between the rows of autumn raspberries.



Today I was able to get back into the fruit cage and run the forget-me-nots through the area. This is going to help suppress the weeds in the spring and give that sea of blue I love so much. It was also good to get the area weeded.



I was very happy to get an e-mail from my friend Beth to say she had found a photo of my book in the magazine of the Wall Street Journal . Thank you Meg and the rest of the Phaidon team, a good start.



It is days like this that I am reminded why England is such a big player in the horticultural world, we have such mild weather through the year. It really is a joy to be a gardener in England most of the time.



We have cut down the autumn raspberries now. Because they flower and fruit on new wood we cut them to the ground at this time of the year. This is a very easy fruit to grow, the important thing is that you give them a good load of compost in the autumn.



Sometimes you can over weed a garden and then not have the effect you want the following year. I am seeing the result of over weeding in the fruit cage. I want a sea of blue from the forget-me-nots this spring but we over weeded the area in the autumn, we are going to have to move some plants in to get the effect.



Now that the digging is behind us it is time now to get around the garden and get the weeds out, it is a good time to do this before they start to move again, it will not be too long with the weather so mild again. I also have to move some plants around.