Tuesday, 6 September 2016

Autumn seeds


The elderberries are starting to ripen so it won’t be long before we’re picking those.  I’ll Google some recipes and have them ready and waiting for a Saturday afternoon when they’re perfect to pick.
From my growing veg experience so far, I’m going to plan out next year in my book and try to stick to it religiously so that we have something available every week (day?) that’s seasonal.  Of course most people don’t think of having food growing in the colder months and indeed many people have no inclination to be growing food in the colder months.  They would prefer to be inside in the warmth with the food bought from their local supermarket.  I have nothing against this, but I would love to be able to rely on ourselves to supply our own food.  Therefore I’ve started making a list of all the items we eat weekly, such as salads for packed lunch at work, potatoes in one shape or another, onions are the basis to most meals etc and I’m going to make a note against each one as to how long we can expect to have them for, during the year.  Obviously I am taking tips from fellow bloggers on the preserving, pickling and bottling that you have been doing this year on your blogs, to allow me to extend the season as long as possible next year.  I am doing as much as I can this year, but I am running out of my own veg now. 
If I get organised over the coming months, then it will make next year so much easier having a plan to follow.  Then I can adapt it and make notes as we go.  I’m so excited already!  To start as I mean to go on I have ordered the following from T&M:  perpetual spinach (spinach beet), autumn planting onion sets 75 included (Shakespeare & Electric (Red)), pak choi purple F1 hybrid, Corn salad cavallo, garlic garcua 2 bulbs.  I’ve written the names out for my reference and so I can get the labels pre written.  I also have a £5 off voucher to use by 01st October if anyone can use it, for T&M?  It is PVT79NA2A1J6I3Z. 
The spinach, salad and pak choi will go in the bed where the beans were during the summer.  The garlic and onions are going where the potatoes have all been harvested from.  Once they’re finished with in the late autumn/winter then I will dig over the beds are maybe add rotted manure.  I’m not sure what’s going in this bed next year yet, but I will be sure to that they like rotted manure before sowing as I know carrots for example don’t like manure.  Then again, carrots and I have never really got on!

11 comments:

  1. all sounds good, are you growing any potatoes for harvesting at Christmas, I am planting mine this week along with some other winter veg

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    1. Do you know, I thought it was too late but obviously not, so YES I will be :) I shall pick some up as soon as I can this week. Thanks for the idea Dawn

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  2. Oooh Tracy I love a plan. You were the inspiration for the work I mentioned in my post yesterday so thank you for that. I have begun listing what we hope to grow and will be working on a layout soon. I will hopefully be getting my xmas spuds this weekend and when suggested I have sown carrots and beans in the Poly House. I wouldn't say no to the T and M voucher as I am waiting for my prize voucher to buy the some winder requirments.xx

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    1. Oh wow ! Thank you :) the code in the post should work for the T&M site so feel free to use it :) I have lots and lots of lists at the moment and I will share them as soon as they make sense - for planning ahead. I think I should have been in the army as I like military order so much! haha! xx

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    2. Oh I am a compulsive list make in all aspects of life - have always been a scribbler. Thank you for the T and M code. Had to contact the Grow Your Own mag today as had been no sign of my vouchers. Should be here friday then I can order my stuff. Yay!

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  3. It all sounds very exciting. I have grown sprouts and cabbage this year which I wouldn't normally do. I have such a small growing area that I have to give it a rest and lots of manure in order for it to produce over the summer.

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    1. If we lived closer I'd keep you supplied with manure 😊

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  4. We grow perpetual spinach and love it. Very tolerant plant and tasty too. We usually leave a plant to go to seed so that it lives up to its name and is perpetual : )

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  5. It sounds like a great way to work out what you need and want to grow, after all it makes sense to grow what you like to eat and to eat what you have grown doesn't it. Hope you enjoy the elderberries! xx

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    1. Yes it does and it's very straight forward when you think about it. Exciting times x

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