If you are under glass or have a polytunnel you still have time to plant things up to overwinter. You will get a catch crop by the beginning of November that you can continue harvesting through out the winter. As long as they have some green left they will regenerate when the light turns in the middle of February and will keep you in fresh greens through the hungry gap into May when the new seasons plantings start to work.
Isobel has been sewing wild flower seeds to make a meadow area round the new fruit trees that aren’t getting the potato treatment this year. I’m looking to transplant a bit of comfrey for mulching into the other part of the woodland garden and am going to broadcast a bit of landcress which is a great self seeder and a good standby for winter salad.
As part of the Woodland Garden project we have been constructing a hedge on the outside to discourage deer by being prickly, pungent (the rosemary) while being as ornamental and edible as possible so that it would form an integral edge into our 5 metre woodland garden ribbon.
Down here not a million miles away from the Ashdown Forest we have packs of wild deer roaming the countryside looking for things to munch. As part of the development of the Forest garden we have been protecting the fruit trees and Camellias with plastic mesh cages. However at the Intelligent Garden we like to work with nature where possible so I was delighted to come across this piece via Twitter. I’ve reproduced some of it because it’s so useful.
The best time to do this is when the Rhubarb is dormant – in December to the end of February. We’ve left it a bit late this year because we’re in the process of developing the woodland garden here at the Glasshouses and in the pressure of work to get the ground cleared, hedge defined, potato plot organised etc, the Rhubarb got left until last weekend. However Finger’s crossed.
Well we’re certainly doing some of that here. Haven’t mowed the lawn yet but we’ve been dividing up perennials and sticking them into the new hedge. And the potatoes are chitting at the moment ready for their role in the pincer movement against weeds – sheet mulch, compost , potatoes – around the new fruit trees.
Some interesting advice from Monty Don on the Christmas Gardener’s World this week covering putting the garden to bed and getting fruit trees and rhubarb in.
1) start to reclaim the lawn. The grass has started to grow so I gave ours the first once over with the mower this last weekend. Rake out moss and reseed areas that have got a bit thin. Think about feeding it. If you have bulbs like daffs in the lawn mow round them –… Read More »
As gardeners we are always trying to bend the rules a bit. One tip is to warm the soil up a bit with fleece, cloches or polytunnels. Another is to start the seedlings off in a protected environment and then planting them out later.
In the fruit and veg department get onions and cabbages sowed in seed trays, and start warming the soil up using fleece or cloches. The trick with plants is never let them get checked – by cold, cramping or drying out and keep an eye on them to make them stay vegetative if you’re growing leaves.