Early Autumn gardening

garden harvest

It’s three years now since we moved in and three years that I have half heartedly been working on the garden.

Firstly I never thought it would be such a lengthy process.

Secondly I realise I MUST dedicate more time if I am to have hugely successful harvests

and Thirdly, I am 100% certain this is very much a learning curve at which I can only get better.

I had a good chat with Maggy Woodly from Life at the Zoo and Penny Carr from Being Mrs C on Google + this morning and I picked up some very interesting tips too.

My own harvest

  1. Carrots – they have grown all curly in a clump and next year I shall make sure I thin them out and ensure the earth is very well turned over.
  2. Potatoes – for my first year of chitting potatoes and growing them in a bag I am impressed with our harvest. Sadly one bag seems to have got a bug and the potatoes were ruined. This may have been my fault by cutting the growth off too early and leaving the spuds in there too long.
  3. Leeks – I pulled two up and they are very skinny, I learnt from Penny that they take forever and to just leave them in the ground even for a year!
  4. Broccoli – after last year’s disaster with the brussel sprouts I decided to go with broccoli and little did I realise they too would be a haven for caterpillar and slugs. In fact no broccoli came up at all, I imagine somebody ate the shoots when they were tiny so all I had was stalks.
  5. Tomatoes – usually I’m very good with tomatoes but this year I planted too late and have a very green crop – watch out for a green tomato chutney recipe coming up.

Work to do

  1. I’m still waiting for the apples to be ready for picking. I have the baby Golden Delicious tree that yielded 5 last year and has at least double this year plus the other sweet apple tree which suffered from aphids all summer so the apples are a little wonky in apsect.
  2. Bulbs – It’s the right time of year to get planting bulbs, I seem to have lost all the ones I planted 2 years ago as nothing came up last year so I am armed with daffodils and tulips ready to go.
  3. Cutting back and pruning – lots
  4. Wedding – lots
  5. Fruit trees – I’m so impressed with our apple tree i was wondering whether to invest in a second fruit tree and may take a trip to the garden centre to see what is on offer.

 

4 Comments

  1. Susanna
    September 21, 2013 / 7:31 AM

    This year I had potatoes, carrots, 4 types of lettuce, courgettes, and parsley.mwe also had corn, but I don’t think it got enough water. Oh,NAND pumpkins. Luckily 3 of them for the 3 girls. Keep up the gardening. I love it.

  2. September 21, 2013 / 10:56 AM

    What a fine harvest for a beginner! My broccoli was a feast only for pests too. Why not get a cooking apple tree this time? Xx

  3. Debra Carr
    September 21, 2013 / 6:48 PM

    You sound more successful then me, so far we have managed about 5 radishes and some growth stumped carrots. Next year I plan to try harder, I would so love a successful kitchen garden.

  4. September 22, 2013 / 6:16 PM

    We didn’t have a very successful year this year, but marginally better than last when the slugs ate everything :-)

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