Autumn 2016 plan / no dig beds


Updated my plan for the next few months. Again I have various options.. Though I think the main 2 things I want to consider are making some no dig beds and also where could be a good site for growing a cut flower bed and maybe adding fruit trees now that I know how to plant them after attending a session at St Nicks Environment Centre.

St Nicks also recently presented a workshop at Greenfields School and Community Garden on No Dig gardening which was very instructive. I understand the principles but I always like to see these things done in practise and I could ask questions as well, such as the best types of compost / manure and where to get it from as I potentially have large areas to cover.

Of course the real pioneer of No Dig is Charles Dowding whose website has lots of helpful resources. But it’s also reassuring to know there are other gardeners in York familiar with his methods, which seem quite progressive in contrast to the way a lot of other people on our site work.

October update

Some more autumnal pics from the top…20161001_11402220161002_17103120161002_171106

Cleared out some Squashes and Sweetcorn to reveal quite an established Globe Artichoke. Hoping this will be big and hardy enough to get through the winter! 20161009_165953

Cleared out a bit more of the area around the shed, debating whether to dig, or “no dig”,
if I can get hold of enough manure.20161002_170955


September 2016 pt.2

A few more updates from this month. This is the flowerbed at the top.
My current plan is maybe to thin out the Raspberry Canes a bit instead of moving them.20160923_105716

Sunflower “Magic Roundabout F1” & Sprouts20160923_105731

Some more views20160923_105747 20160923_105757

Planted some more Kale to overwinter where the Broad Beans were20160923_105810

Also planted some Spring Green Cabbage


Nice arrangement of Squashes/Cucurbits including New England Pumpkin, Winter Crown Prince Squash, Uchiki Kuri Squash, Patty Pan Summer Squashes and Ball Courgettescreen-shot-2016-10-03-at-22-53-48

Also made a start digging out the Brambles & Fence up towards the shed20160924_180319 20160924_180340

4 bags of manure from the local stables to try make a “no dig” bed, 50p a bag!20160924_180942

September Sunflowers

The Sunflowers are really starting to take off now. Only a handful germinated but the ones which did are looking impressive. This is the bed at the front with the Brussels Sprouts in the foreground.20160911_140057

Looking through the Squash Arch, which then became a Sweet Pea arch, and is now a Bean Arch.20160911_140048

A nice Hollyhock in the Butterfly border20160911_140021

Squash and Sweetcorn20160911_140006

Flowerbed at the top, Glads picking up and put some more Sedum in. Also put some Wallflower seedlings in in anticipation for the Spring. My new plan with the Raspberries rather than move them is to just prune and thin out the ones which are there and maybe think about moving next year…20160911_140135

Sunflower “Magic Roundabout F1”20160911_140121

Think this is Unwin’s Sunflower Giant Single? Except it has more than one head. So it might be something else I threw the packet away for…20160911_140158


Sunflower “Velvet Queen”20160911_140302       20160911_140035


August 2016

20160815_111619Everything’s getting going now.. Mainly on top of the bit at the top, but had a few days where I couldn’t get down, so a few weeds are starting to take over. Starting to look forwards to October / November and really digging over and preparing the rest of the site properly for next year

20160815_120137Got my first Borlotti Beans! Very pleased with how easy these grew this year

20160815_111630Mixture of Sprouts, Marigolds, Sunflowers and Globe Artichoke. The Artichokes are doing well and already forming globes even though SOMEONE told me it takes 3 years before they form them..

20160815_111647Sprouts doing well, these were planted in manure.

20160815_111535Also picked up a second hand water butt from the plot shop, only £5!

20160815_111600Carrots seem to be doing well, though the ones I’ve actually picked are still very thin..

Perennial Shrubbery doing well. The Buddleja has really grown already and is attracting lots of Butterflies.

20160815_111731Sunflower with Perovskia “Blue Spire”

20160815_112042More Sprouts, Squashes & Sweetcorn

20160817_163740Just discovered a Butternut Squash forming as well!

20160802_174217Got lots of nice Sunflowers this year, though I didn’t really put long enough stakes in for some of them, and when I tried to restake them, the ground was too hard to for the poles!