Thanks to my neighbour’s security lights, I’ve been stepping out into the garden in the evening to check on the onions I planted the other day, tidy up the purple sprouting broccoli and water under the cloches, using the rainwater I’m still collecting.
I have also been gardening in beautiful sunlight, which I am sure has been helping my crops along no end. The aforementioned purple sprouting broccoli is indeed a-sprouting and the chard is still chugging along, although the slugs have been making quite a meal of it as well.
The carpet in the photo above has now been moved to a new position to kill off some of the remaining bits of lawn. Unfortunately, the area I was focussing on today was under the rotary washing line, which happened to have washing hanging on it. It was therefore a rather delicate job, lifting up the carpet and moving it across the lawn without touching the drying clothes. Especially as it was heavy with water itself. However, it is now in place and will hopefully do a successful job over the coming winter months, leaving me with a fertile vegetable patch in 2013.
I’m also hopeful that the fleece I’ve put over the cauliflowers will see them right next year. Two winters ago it was so cold, the cauliflowers turned to mush under the fleece and, after all the hiccoughs I’ve had getting my plants from seed to seedling, I hope I finally get a crop next spring.
Come what may, the garlic will surely be fine, since it is reputed to like the cold. Furthermore, after my experiment last winter, where I used cloves from the year before’s crop, which did not do too well, I have reverted to buying fresh bulbs to plant. The onions I mentioned above are supposed to be bolt resistant as well, so next year is set to be less of a wash-out in terms of levels of garden produce, if nothing else ;).