Planted this in 2015 from a packet of James Wong‘s seeds. This was the healthiest plant which seems to like being in our Conservatory. Although general advice suggests it does better outside, I was concerned about how hardy it might be since we live up north with our Yorkshire frosts. I’ve staked it for some support and its starting to fruit again, but I’m sure it’s harvest was earlier last year (we maybe got about 10 – 12 berries). Wondering if I should be feeding it with anything like a tomato feed to encourage fruiting? In addition to general houseplant food which I try to give it and other plants every fortnight.
Not updated for a while as this time of year isn’t so conducive to gardening but I feel reasonably on track. Sprouts are doing well in the foreground and glad I get some in this year, hopefully they will be ready in time for Christmas Dinner!
Also got some White and Purple Sprouting Broccoli coming up which should be ready for an early harvest next year (my neighbour Les’s Calabrese is starting to flower which he said has never happened in December before). Also got Spring Cabbage and Kale in.
Planted some winter tares green manure in this bed to prepare for Potatoes, also mulched my Rhubarb and had a go at a No Dig bed with cardboard and manure. Also planted some bulbs for the Spring and and early Sowing of Broad Beans.
Also started clearing out this bit which was covered up with carpet. If we get any nice days, this time of year can be good to get digging the earth before leaving it to freeze which helps it break down.
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.
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!
Also planted some Spring Green Cabbage