Ok, if I said that I was busy today that would really be an understatement! Weeding, planting, digging, carrying, lifting…..many active words that my body paid the price for later!!!
Firstly, I had a few beds that needed weeding as they hadn’t been done in a few weeks. I must admit though, they looked so much better afterwards.
I read somewhere that if you weed using the hoe every 7-10 days, this will dramatically reduce the growth of weeds. Using a sharp hoe also makes the job so much easier.
I realised that when I planted my spring bulbs around the pond a few weeks ago, I hadn’t planted any Tulip bulbs. Since then, I purchased some tall, multi coloured variety called Rembrandt Mix. I planted these 15cm deep, 12cm apart around the pond where there were no other bulbs planted. I can’t wait until spring to see their display.
Now is also the time to plant the overwintering onions. I will do a Spot Light On post about these soon, so I’m not going to go into too much detail about them here. I planted them 6inches apart in rows 12inches wide. I placed a piece of net over them until they are a little more established to prevent the birds from picking them out of the ground.
I used the Japanese variety bought from the local Wilko’s for the very reasonable price of £2. I managed to plant 5 rows of 10 that should see me through until June.
I had a little space left in the onion bed so I also planted soome Golden Gourmet shallots. These too were purchased from Wilko’s at the same price of £2. There were 25 in the pack and these were distributed into 3 rows 8inches apart.
By planting these in the Autumn, it gives them a head start for harvest in June, whereas Spring planted sets are generally harvested around August time.
I also planned ahead and dug out my trench for where I intend to grow my beans and peas next year. I dug the trench a spade width and depth for approximately 10-12 feet. This is what pushed my back over the edge! I lined the base of the trench with newspaper and over the next few weeks/months I will add the kitchen vegetable waste that I would have ortherwise put in the compost bin at home.
Beans and peas like a lot of nutrients and moisture in the soil and this is a really easy way to achieve the growing conditions that they love. This bed will eventually become a ‘Three Sister’s’ bed. More details on this to follow.