Posted: Wednesday 14 December 2011
by Pippa Greenwood

It’s been very windy in many areas of the country and my hillside has felt like a wind tunnel.

It’s been very windy in many areas of the country and my hillside has felt like a wind tunnel.

Recently, on a particularly blustery day, I ventured out to secure stray stems that had come away from their ties, using padded wire and tree ties from my capacious pockets. A few bits of fleece flew away because they weren’t pegged down enough, but luckily I was able to rescue a piece from a fence on which it was snared.

A number of branches and stems crashed to the ground from nearby trees, so I gathered them up, to use for kindling and firewood. I then cut out any growth affected by apple and pear canker and coral spot, and set it aside, for burning.

Next, I got down on my hands and knees, to adjust the soil around the bases of my winter brassicas - cabbages, cauliflowers and purple-sprouting broccoli. The stems and foliage were in perfect condition, but the wind had loosened the soil around the roots.

I restored my brassicas to their upright position with one hand, whilst firming down the soil with the other. For someone who never uses a kneeler, it made for very wet, blackened knees. But I told myself that all the effort would make the harvested crops so much better.

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donutsmrs 14/12/2011 at 18:09

It's been very windy here in Dorset too. luckily I haven't had anything damaged just a couple of pots blown over. More high winds are forecast for tonight so I've been outside to check that everything is secured, hopefully tomorrow everything should be where it should be.

annie baker 14/12/2011 at 18:24

its been windy in coalville to with lots of ground frost ,but my winter cabbages might just be okay for christmas week with my brussells first time i grown anything

happymarion 14/12/2011 at 20:05

Very windy in Bristol too = blew my Xmas wreath on the front door into the garden but no damage done. I'll fix it again when the wind subsides. I'm giving a pre - Xmas lunch to some of my fellow volunteers from the Botanic Gardens tomorrow and they will have to put up with "those onions are from my lovely crop this year"and "I had such a glut of strawberries I had to freeze a load and some are in your trifle" I agree, Pippa, the produce from your own efforts pay for the extra effort.

Luke Arnos 15/12/2011 at 12:13

OK, so which joker decided to illustrate a piece on wind with a picture of a cabbage?

Lorea 15/12/2011 at 19:36

Shouldn't it have been a picture of some beans?

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