Saturday, April 26, 2008

Autumn in the garden

Well it is time to get into tidying up the vege garden so it can be prepared for winter crops. The weather has cooled now, and we've got rain again today.
Yesterday I removed the last of the runner beans. Also collected the last of the pumpkins and pulled up the vines.
We still have tomatoes, but a lot of them are victims of rot or bugs, so no good to eat. I went through them yesterday and saved the best. I'm going to make tomato jam for a change. The rest will be pulled up as we need to turn over the soil, hubby will do this with our rotary hoe. Then we'll put down some fertiliser - will muck out the chook coop and use that, also have some bags of sheep manure we bought back in Spring from a local farmer. Finally we need to cover any bare soil with mulch, have lots of sawdust ready for this.
Seedlings being raised at present include cauliflower, broccoli, spinach, onions, and green and red cabbages. More to go in due course, including leeks, turnips, carrots, collard, Welsh onions and asparagus peas.

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