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Monday, 4 December 2017

Vegetable garden 2017.


There was plenty of growth and good crops this year, not so many photographs though!

The bee feast, May 16th. The sound of humming and buzzing in the May vegetable garden is deeply soothing.

 The overwintering broccoli and kale are finishing their cycle with flowers and the overwintering groundcover of Limanthes, forget-me-nots and phacelia are flowering in the vegetable patch.

 By the end of May these are replaced by the current years crops which spend their first few vulnerable weeks in May growing in modules where they are protected from frosts and slugs and where they don't need weeding!


Amongst the sea of flowers in May there are some beds planted with the early direct sown crops, potatoes, peas, garlic and onion....

Daub, relaxing in the Limanthes that was drying out to collect seed, this is where the lovely flowers of May go to! June 22nd.

Every year I grow and overwinter Roscoff cauliflower, it is ready for picking in the spring. We freeze several bags of cauliflower florets for curries throughout the year. Alfie still Loves chopping vegetables!

It seems this is the only photo I have of the summer vegetable garden!
This is the sweetcorn with potatoes in the foreground.

Fantastic crop of sweetcorn this year.

Alfie.

Alfie and Angus...

....Lifting the potatoes.

Early October.

Limanthes cover crop following on from potatoes, Early November.

Leeks for the winter,  November.

 
Overwintering purple sprouting broccoli, Cauliflowers, Kale, turnips and ground cover.

Early November. The near bed, originally planted with herbs, had become overgrown and is now prepared for a fresh start, all the others have winter cover crops establishing. (The white speck in the background is Angus's moth trap!)

Early November, Alfie planting the garlic....


...with his very own much loved cultivator (2-pronged pick and mattock) and trowel, kind gifts from Pamela (my Aunt living in France).

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