What To Do Today?


What To Do Today?

Let us know what you have been doing in the garden lately plus the tips and tricks to making it work.

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Comment by Pam on February 2, 2014 at 8:33pm
I have picked 6 kg of damson plums from a friends trees before the birds got them. Now I have to decide what to do with them. damson jelly and damson cheese will be a good start.
I am harvesting tomatoes, zucchini and basil daily. Lettuces as needed. Lots of watering required as the hot dry weather continues.
Comment by Rex Morris on January 30, 2014 at 2:45pm

I think we might be in for a hot dry February and we are going away for 2 weeks so imagine I will come back to a scorched garden with most things dying off. Hoping to find someone to look after the tomatoes so at least the last of the crop will be saved and used.

Comment by Pam on January 30, 2014 at 10:42am
I have come home from a few days away to a parched garden. Always the problem at this time of year. Only one slightly too large zucchini so that wasn't too bad! My tomatoes are now ready so I picked a bowl full and my little lettuces are now big enough to start picking leaves. Time to make pesto as well.
Comment by Rex Morris on January 28, 2014 at 5:02pm

I try to let one lettuce go to seed and just leave it without collecting the seed. I always get lettuces pop up the following spring.

Comment by Pam on January 26, 2014 at 8:28am
I have saved seed from each variety and let some self sow. I usually manage to keep them in check by eating the leaves but being away for over a week earlier in the month they got away from me!
It is cloudy today so it will be easier to work outside. Time to tidy up the garden alongside the drive and plant the front flower garden.
Comment by Rex Morris on January 25, 2014 at 10:27pm

Pam, have you thought about leaving one lettuce in and letting it go to seed which can be saved and used next season? 

Comment by Pam on January 25, 2014 at 10:07pm
I worked on my front garden today. It had been recently cleared of overgrown shrubs so I loaded it up with compost and gave it a good water. Tomorrow I will plant it with flower seedlings their I have in pots waiting.
I harvested a zucchini, some strawberries, a bucket of potatoes and some basil.
It is finally time to pull out the lettuces that have gone to seed. The birds have been enjoying them but I need the room. It is possible to grow a lot of salad veges in very little space. Brassicas take up more space and pumpkins.
Comment by Rex Morris on January 25, 2014 at 9:43am

Pam - sounds like you have a productive little garden - it is amazing what you can grow in a small area. I usually only plant 3 dwarf bean plants at a time as they are very productive. A soaker hose is a great way to keep the ground moist at all times.

Comment by Kali on January 24, 2014 at 10:39pm

and Hi Pam, its been a funny year I think, but at least I don't have to water!

Comment by Kali on January 24, 2014 at 10:38pm

Yes Rex, I also got an albany grape that turned out to be niagra...you wonder how they can muck that sort of thing up really.

I can't grow strawberries, get the odd one but I crave buckets full

my tomatoes are growing great in the glasshouse, although  a lot fo the flowers have wizened without pollinating.

we have had great weather for starting off the winter greens, not summery more like autumnal!


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