The final seeds have gone in over the past few weeks to provide some needed winter eating. In the pots that had contained the squash I have planted seeds for Pak Choi (Tatsoi – an Autumn planting Pak Choi, about 5 per pot) and Kale (Cavalo Nero and Red Bor, one of each per pot as they need a lot of space) which are sprouting now. They are a little later than planned but the originals, which were started in the greenhouse, were munched by caterpillars. Also in the garden I have seedlings (started in the greenhouse) of Chard (White Silver) now planted out (6 altogether) and finally last week I planted up my apple crates with a mix of salad seeds for the winter:
- Mustard – Green in the Snow
- Lettuce Cos – Green Oak Leaf
- Lettuce – Cocarde
- Lettuce – Marveille De Quatre Saison
- Lettuce – Red Sails
I think I put in some Winter Purslane as well but to be honest can’t be sure. I was in a hurry and rather stupidly though I would write down what I had planted where and then didn’t, however I do have 5 apple crates now sprouting a mix of seeds (usually 2 types per crate spaced as instructed on the packet). This is why I should REMEMBER TO LABEL WHAT I PLANT!!!
My garlic arrived, as ordered a while ago from the Isle of Wight Garlic Farm. As in this post, I have decided on only planting Albigensian and Solent Wight this year, the bulbs were massive so I planted all the cloves (I sometimes discard/eat the smaller ones in the centre) and they have taken up the best part of two of the raised beds. This is not ideal but I got annoyed this summer with the garlic being spread over the garden, including in the flower borders so I decided to sacrifice another raised bed in the veg patch. For the full garlic ‘how to’ post read here. There is still plenty of time to still order and plant garlic, some can go in as late as Spring but I prefer to give them an Autumn start.
Still growing nicely in the garden are the Alpine Strawberries (Mignonette) which Charlie strips every day. I am slightly amazed that 5 small plants are providing so many fruit over such a long period, they are a definite favourite and the extra 5 plants I have planned for next year are in place and growing well. The Purple Sprouting Broccoli (Red Arrow x 2, Rudolph x 2 & Late Purple x 2) planted in the greenhouse in April and then in the bed after the garlic are an amazing size, I had to abandon the Enviromesh as it was rather crushing the leaves so I do a regular caterpillar patrol and the pick them off. The late purple is rather lagging behind but is still doing well. Also still in there are my Parsnips (Gladiator) which I will leave until after the first frosts, ideally not too long as last year they ended up rather large!
Today I planted my final seeds (I think, unless I try and dash in some Spinach or some new herbs), Broad Bean (Super Aquadulche) which can be planted now and left over winter in a sheltered spot for an early crop. Last year I planted 2 per bucket with John Innes No 2, this year I am going for 3, I had hoped to add a scarlet broad bean but have failed to find one and I saved quite a few beans for planting from the S. Aquadulche so want to make sure I use them.
All I have to do now is try and remember to water them!