Monthly Archive October 2014


Getting large skirret roots, welsh onion survey and broad (fava) bean germination

Skirret rootThough autumn is very much here now and the garden looks bedraggled some exciting things have been happening. The leaves on the skirrets are now dying back which means there is no point leaving them in the ground. I’ve been a bit like a five year old waiting for christmas, so all but two plants have already been dug up long ago, my impatience inevitably leading to disappointment. These last two however (especially the last) yielded well providing me with large roots that look like they want to be eaten, and yes when cut up into chips and fried tasted really nice. They taste like a cross between carrots and parsnip but are fluffy like a potato. Really good. Read More


43 kilos…

Harvested two more squashes and some beans and welsh onions. I am as ever impressed with the squash ‘crown prince’ which just keeps giving, even into the middle of october. I’m not just picking matured squashes, it is producing new young ones which I am eating like courgettes. It is rampant and green and I am looking forward to adding it to the compost darlek when the first frost hits. Read More


40 kilo yield in the backyard, shallots and elephant garlic

Well, my yield in the back garden just hit 40 kilos. Not the biggest yield in the world but I’m dead proud especially as I am using the same space to grow all my own compost. No outside compost, manure, mulch, leaf mould or fertiliser went into the creation of those 40 kilos of good food except for a bag or two of potting compost for seedlings and cuttings. I promise I didn’t cheat. Read More


Brassica cuttings, watercress, babington leeks and elephant garlic

I must apologise for being a poor blogger, I had no idea I had posted only once last month, but let’s face it the season is for growing not for theoretical horticultural navel gazing, the type of thing I have been doing here regularly since I started the blog. But now the season is slowing down, though I discovered last year that an awful lot of vegetative growth can take place in autumn, and yes the alliums and brassicas are starting to break away. July and August is a bad time for brassicas, at least for me, and so one little discovery I made was to “over summer” brassica cuttings, even biennial ones like purple sprouting broccoli, and plant them out in the warm part of autumn. This worked for me last year by accident, I had cleared spent squash plants and started looking speculatively at the little brassicas in their little pots that I hadn’t had the heart to throw away over the summer. Now the accidental discovery has become a strategy and one I will hone for better results. Last year the psb had only a small crop so I needed to plant them in full sunlight in September with plenty of fertiliser and compost. Read More

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