Wren gave my poly tunnel a visit managed to get a couple of caterpillars
Started re build of the fruit cage as falling down put new post in getting ready for the netting the top net seems ok with some holes these can be sown together with fishing twine
Tied in the Tay berry and loganberry also planted my autumn raspberries new bed variety Joan j and all gold also got a dwarf autumn raspberry which we will see the progress later next year
Planted some red gooseberries these will be trained as cordons taking up less room also because of the open nature don’t suffer to much from mildew
Started to sell onions in trays £1 each These are Senshu but somebody pinched a tray without paying that’s a good start what an idiot ,I hope their crops fail this year .
This is about three put together to grow as a bush you can take cuttings now either place the cuttings in bucket of water remembering to refresh water occasionally just break the cuttings off or they can be put in compost as cuttings as well they will root easily then pot up in the spring into individual pots
Hyacinths and tete a tete daffodils in pots
Walk around Felbrigg National Trust today a nice picture done on lockdown in the cafe
Grown in toilet rolls these make ideal pots as they like good depth for their roots
Garden jobs December
I hope everyone stays safe the garden has become an important extension to the house as December approaches the festive season and the garden and surrounding hedge rows are our source to get decorations free and they are not made of plastic wonderful. House plants are a good source of foliage and flowers our Christmas cacti is already in flower and my Amaryllis has just started as for the hyacinths daffodils crocus and iris are all showing some movement
Plant some sessional pots and tubs ready for Christmas Hanging baskets should not be left out . Skimmia, pansies with ivy make a wonderful combination in pots outside
Ideal plants for Christmas are Kalanchoe Collin-co-wee evergreen from Madagascar flowers red yellow and orange the leaves store water as they are a succulent
Schellenberger Christmas cactus flowers Dec and are almost indestructible plant comes from Brazil and prefers a shady spot ideal in kitchens and bathrooms
Cyclamen are really stunning making a good show leaves are patterned and some have a sweet smell
Azaleas pink red and soft white water with rain water as these are acid loving plants keep the compost moist top the pot with sphagnum moss this really helps
Not forgetting the Poinsettia, a modern classic, the flowers are bracts, these are produced to flower with a complex light and darkness regime poinsettias flower when the day length and night are equal lengths in the UK, this is usually at Easter time. beware when buying the plants keep them away from quick drops in temperature you will find they will drop their leaves
Now the time to sow exhibition onions Broad Beans hardy peas spinach outside and Garlic can sow leeks not often done as the main crop leeks are in full production sow swiss chard under cover you can use the stalks and leaves when young
Under protection sow Sweet peas when they come up about 20mm pinch out the tops to make sturdier plants they are very deep rooting toilet roll middles are ideal to sow these into
.Soft fruit if kept to long will start to diminish in fruiting strawberries need replacing after 4 years raspberries currants and gooseberries will keep going for 10 years and the hybrids and blackberries up to 15 years Strawberries like a well-drained soil put into the mix some sharp sand and raspberries like also a free draining soil but grow these on a slight mound don’t overcrowd the canes
Prune apple and pear trees as a priority prune to shape and to give ventilation between the branches and it’s time to add the grease bands around the trunks of the trees and also the tree stake to stop winter moth invading the tree canopy to devastate your fruit.
Been busy making with the grandchildren certainly occupied the morning
Finally got a break in the weather to plant my strawberry plants this is a new bed starting from scratch removed my summer raspberries from the fruit cage planted three varieties funella, malling centenary and christene.