Not only have I been harvesting, I have also been seed collecting and sowing green manure and cover crops where I have cleared the ground. I warn you now that the vegetables and fruit have been growing very luxuriant in the last few weeks and making out what is growing can be quite difficult from the photographs. It is what happens when plants are happy. I don't mind them becoming slightly over crowded because they shade out weeds. Apart from pot marigold Calendula officinalis growing where I don't necessarily want it to there is little weed on the allotment. This is in part due to the thick mulch of woody chippings that I put down earlier in the summer. I now find its called the Eden method because of the bloke on You Tube but there are many of us that were using chippings as mulch for years. Watch the video carefully because he puts chicken manure on the garden before the chippings and this is not at all clear from the videos that I have seen. I think that some kind of manure should be used on the soil before chippings are laid down. Also, water in some anti slug nematode worms before using chippings because they can encourage slugs.
This is a purple hazel grafted onto the ordinary
hazel. And I did it myself!
I have had all the beans that I wanted off the runners and I am leaving the rest to go
to seed. I have started collecting and dryingrunner seeds.
The cherry tree is masked by the raspberries, These are autumn fruiting bushes.
I am growing the cherry as a fan but one of the stems is much stronger than the other. I have lowered the strong stem down almost to the horizontal while leaving the other weaker stem vertical. According to Abercrombe, this should make the weaker stem grow much stronger and catch up the stronger branch. I have yet to see any evidence of this.
The stronger branch is more or less horizontal while the weaker one is more vertical.
|Willow tree next to the compost. Salix alba vitellina|
|My poor attempt at forming a glade under the plum tree.|
|Winter brassicas getting squashed under the netting.|
|Winter cauliflowers and kale.|
|Brussel Sprout "Darkmar"|
Both of the grapes threw up a lot of new growth that was shading and diverting food away
from the fruit.
|Espaliered 'Egremont Russet, apple and 'Doyenne du Comice' pear|
Compost bins after the compost has just been
|Ten day old compost.|
|A lot more woody stuff in this one.|
I spread the last batch of compost over several of the growing beds.
|Last batch of compost spread under the sunflowers.|
|Swede and kohl rabi|
|Empty cauliflower bed.|
|Grapes on the vine.|
|Fenugreek green manure.|
|White clover green manure.|
|Plants alongside the trackway|
|Looking down the main allotment path.|
|Climbing French beans.|
|Lavender and white buddleia edging|
|Old tall pea and broad bean bed.|
|Year old Pitmaston Pineapple graft.|
|Three sisters looking over the fan trained red and white currant.|
|Old potato bed.|
|Another Pitmaston Pineapple graft.|
|Bread tray sieve.|
I will use the smaller mesh when I sieve out the compost. It will ensure that only the best well rotted compost will be put onto the growing areas. The material that does not go through the sieve will be put back in the composters.
|Large black currant bushes.|
|Main crop leeks.|
|Onions left to ripen in the sun.|
|Saving seed and drying them on the shed shelf.|
|Worm bin and comfrey butt.|
|Oca, rosemary and lavender|
The oca has grown well again and is starting to crowd the lavender and the rosemary. However, they are well able to look after themselves.
|Another row of leeks and a row of red onion.|
|Little leaning apple tree.|
|Black currant bushes.|
The lettuce had to be resown because of slugs but I have watered the soil with anti slug nematodes and this has allowed the seedlings to survive up to now. There were also two frogs in here so I am expecting them to clear out the slugs too.
|Not my best year for sweet peas.|
|The old potato bed by the greenhouse.|
|Tomatoes in the big greenhouse.|
|Loganberry and blackberry.|
|The roots bed.|
|Black Russian tomatoes.|
Hope you are having as much fun gardening as I am...