This week I imagine that I can sniff spring. I feel much more like going out in the garden again, it’s always a bit of a chore in November and December. Last year I started getting interested in stuff I…
Beetroot, leaf beet/perpetual spinach, swiss chard & sugar beet are all members of the same family & will cross readily. They are biennial, and flower in their second year. Chard/leaf beet for seed are overwintered in situ, and will be fine in most of the UK. Select a minimum of six to eight plants to leave for seed which best fit your needs (depending on your preference for stem versus leaf, smooth or wrinkled leaves etc). Beetroot can also be overwintered in situ, or can be harvested in autumn, the best plants selected & stored then replanted in spring.
Some people talk about ‘resting’ the soil over winter, however the soil doesn’t rest in nature. It is a living community and although growing slows down, it still happens. You don’t have to abandon your garden in winter, there are plenty of vegetables to grow that will let you to extend the season and close the hungry gap a bit.
The weather has been so uncharacteristically hot for the UK that we are having to water a lot and we are getting a great yield from our crops. Everything is very early, the corn is ripening quickly and apples are falling and ready for cooking and eating! Learn more
Happy Birthday To My Blog!
I’ve now been blogging every week for a whole year and what a year it has been. I’ve gone from having a keen interest in gardening to completing a Permaculture Design Course and catapulting myself full on in to the world of Permaculture. I’ve changed the way that I grow things dramatically and have quadrupled my yield. Learn more
Well, this week has been really beautiful weather once again. We still really need rain though!
There is loads available to eat now, broccoli is ready, lots of beans and peas and early squashes. Time seems to be racing by, the days and weeks of summer are so precious. The usual maintenance jobs and picking and storing food that’s ready. Juicing each morning helps to use up lots of the greens. Learn more
It’s quite a labour intensive time of the season just now, with everything growing so quickly. It’s wonderful to see everything thriving and blooming.
This week I’ve planted more cucumbers out in the greenhouse and some outdoor beefsteak tomatoes in pots. I’ve put parsnips in and also some Mexican spinach. Learn more
The warmth in April and the rain in May has resulted in a huge growth spurt in everything, including the weeds!
We are now at the stage where we are juicing every morning and enjoying lovely salads for lunch and dinner. It’s so wonderful to be eating really vibrant and fresh produce again. Learn more