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Garden Confessions - 3 Worst Crops of 2016!

Posted: 11/10/2016 at 09:47

I know we were distracted with house moving but it was a dreadful season for us in Belgium.   Long cold wet dark spring after a dry start to the year so most babies eaten by slugs and then the survivors took forever to get going.

Broccoli, cabbages, kohlrabi, fennel and beets munched by slugs.

Courgettes very slow to start and then bolted to marrows during a 5 day absence in September.

One pumpkin plant with no fruits at all and the other managed to ripen one.

Tomatoes and cucs flowered too late to produce fruit and then suffered from drought anyway.

Oak leaf lettuce fine, cos lettuce munched.

Good strawberries, blackcurrants, redcurrants, gooseberries, damsons and rhubarb but the birds got the blueberries.

Drought here too in the Vendée but that's not a problem for us as we haven't started the new veg patch yet.  There are some good looking veggie plots around and about so there's hope.   Going to discuss siting of compost bins and bean trenches and other beds  later today so OH doesn't go off half-cocked.  Then I need to go and buy pots for sowing some broad beans and sweet peas.

Last edited: 11 October 2016 09:47:41

Clematis gift

Posted: 10/10/2016 at 22:55

Yes, pot it on and plant it a bit deeper than it was so it grows extra shoots as it develops.  I would then keep it in a sheltered spot over winter.   I would then pot on again next spring and keep growing it on and potting it on until it's big enough  to cope with life outside in the border as clems can take  while to establish a good root system.

HELLO FORKERS! October Edition

Posted: 10/10/2016 at 21:53

Busy - good that the jumpers fit.   I have found the box mine are in but don't yet need them.  20C this pm at the high point in Chateau d'Olonne.

Clari - get training that dog and OH too.  Hard floors and rugs are lovely and relatively easy to keep looking good.   Not sure I could cope with carpet anymore.   Good slippers are essential in winter though.

DD - well done with the mairie.   A good step forward and a good ally to have.

Les Sables d'Olonne turns out to be very attractive for a built up coastal resort - lots of restaurants and cafés along the front which has a long, sweeping beach of golden sand with occasional rocky outcrops and then a huge expanse of Atlantic in mill pond mode today with glittering sparkles from the sun.   The harbour has lots of fishy restaurants doing sardines for OH and moules frites for us both so we'll go back soon.  Today we just needed a coffee and a tart.  Popped into the Vendée Globe shop - no info but could have spent a fortune on logo'd t-shirts, sweatshirts, hats, mugs and so on.  Then we found the tourism info - not a lot of info but I did pick up a couple of leaflets and a poster for you if you can PM me your new address.   Took some pics too if they'll help.

We went to dance class this evening.  Very different from what we're used to, a bit chaotic and no technique but good figures - one hour of jive! - and everyone is friendly and welcoming and already talking about the Xmas bash with teh other two levels.  next week is the Boston waltz which is anew one to us and apparently faster than the English waltz and slower than the Viennese.   We'll see.

Glass of wine and then bed for me.   Sweet dreams.

HELLO FORKERS! October Edition

Posted: 10/10/2016 at 12:57

Plenty of info online DD but I'll see what I can find.  Even if we don't have time today I want to visit the harbour soon before the weather changes.   Good luck at the mairie.

HELLO FORKERS! October Edition

Posted: 10/10/2016 at 11:53

That's nippy Busy!   DD - hope your eye is a simple problem and gets sorted quickly.

We're off to Chateau d'Olonne this pm for a supermarket raid too as it's near a freezer shop and I need to stock up on broad beans and peas and emergency frozen fish supplies for when I've not planned a meal in advance.   While we're on we'll have a gander at the harbour in Les Sables d'Olonne as it's where the Vendée Globe round the world, single-handed, non-stop yacht race will start at the beginning of November and we want to get our bearings.

Bressingham Gardens autumn colour

Posted: 10/10/2016 at 09:51

Thanks Dove.  Stored for reading before I hit the local nursery.

HELLO FORKERS! October Edition

Posted: 10/10/2016 at 09:41

Something for Clari - https://www.facebook.com/Break/videos/10154339437147792/ 

Maybe a spot of OH training too.........

Pruning roses

Posted: 10/10/2016 at 09:33

Assuming you will be frost free, I woud do it now and then give them a very thorough watering followed by a mulch of good garden compost or well-rotted manure or good potting compost if you can't get the others.  That way they'll be ready for healthy new growth and well fed for producing flowers.

Greenhouse and cold frame?

Posted: 10/10/2016 at 09:30

They're useful for all sorts of things such as cuttings, hardening off seedlings raised in the greenhouse and thus leaving space for more, sheltering smaller pots over winter etc.

Bressingham Gardens autumn colour

Posted: 10/10/2016 at 09:27

Thanks Dove.  I'm not a huge grasses fan either but here they've been very well blended with the other plants and I like the use of conifers too for structure in amongst the perennials.   Fabulous colours.

My friends with the hectare in Belgium have been inspired by the island beds at Foggy Bottom and I shall certainly be considering some here.   Love the all-round views of plants and they love the extra light.

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