Tuesday 17 October 2023

Japanese Onion Progress.


 It's bucketing it down here today. So I went in the polytunnel to gather some green tops from the vegetables for the rabbits, young pigs and hens and ducks.

I took a photograph of the Japanese onions sets I planted recently in the polytunnel.  They are doing fine.  There's also winter onions planted outside.  It will be interesting to compare how they grow and how soon we harvest them.

There's also garlic growing in the polytunnel.  

Have you planted any vegetables recently?  It's good to see vegetables growing even on the bleakest of days like today.

16 comments:

  1. I have planted lettuces, broccoli, cauliflower and rocket. I forgot about the spring onions and garlic. I'm still waiting for the darn pumpkins to grow and finish.

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  2. Thanks Linda for your comment. We also have leeks, kale, beetroots and cabbage growing inside and outside the polytunnel. I have never grown 🎃 pumpkins. They are supposed to love being planted on compost heaps. I must grow some next year. Thanks.

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  3. Dave on the subject of pumpkins we used to just throw the pumpkin 'guts' this year onto the large unconfined compost heap in the yard. Thd hens scratched around, the sheep grazed it, but pumpkins (squash in UK language) always grew and rambled all over the heap. They will take root along their stems if you give them half a chance. Sheep got fenced off it once Mum realized there was a developing crop of potential human food, but were allowed to eat the leaves off once the pumpkins were mature. They didn't eat the pumpkins, remarkably (can't speak for goats or pigs) and in autumn we had a very random crop of cross pollinated pumpkins to see us through the winter. They would probably thrive on your fym pile.

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    1. Thanks for you pumpkin growing experiences Tiggers Mum. I am sure pumpkins growing in a compost heap make them look more verdant and attractive.

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  4. P is in the process of dismantling his small raised bed in order to move it further down the garden where it will get more sun. Our veg was all a failure this year as we think it was just too shady. Hopefully we'll have better luck next year. At the moment it is just a cat toilet.

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  5. I think every gardener gets their Joy's and failures JayCee. Veg gardens in particular need to be in the sunniest spot you can find. Cats can be a problem mistaking compost and finely tilted soil for outside cat litter trays. Maybe invest in a greenhouse or a polytunnel? Especially on a terribly saturated day like today?

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    1. I wish we could but it is not allowed. There is a very strict covenant on the old church property which forbids anything like that. We are lucky to have our old wooden shed!

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  6. Drat. Those covenants can be a bind. Perhaps you can put some velux windows in the shed to repurpose it for growing stuff? Any allotment near you to rent?

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    1. The waiting list is so long I would have starved by the time a plot came up!

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  7. I have read about allotment waiting lists in Blighty didn't know they had them in the IOM? Here in Ireland it's rare to see veg plots, just monoculture or plain grass. Are there any farmers near you who would rent or sell you a patch to cultivate JayCee?

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  8. No planting happening here but I harvested our last courgette and put it in the chicken curry I made this evening,

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    1. You can't beat fresh from the garden home grown vegetables YP. Still time to plant winter onions, garlic and broad beans outside.

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    2. I will give you twenty quid, tax free if you come over and do the planting in our garden Dave. I will even erect a tent on the lawn so that you have somewhere to sleep. Don't worry about using a toilet - we will allow you inside the house for that.

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    3. It's a good offer YP. I also do barter. Newcastle Brown Ale drinking a speciality.

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  9. No vegetables, but I did repot two plants that just weren't doing well and I found out why. The smallish pots they were in were filled with three roots from the plums trees nearby and the soil was like a lump of mud solidly compacted. Now they are in larger pots with looser soil and in a slightly more sunny spot with one still left to be done after the aching from today passes.

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  10. I have grown vegetables in compost filled plant pots and containers River. I did some heavy weeds clearing on Monday and my back is still aching from the task.

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