Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Plans and Problems

Plans.

Potato Day

This is the time of year when I send out information about the Potato Day, a busy time in the village and an occasion which we hope helps and encourages people to grow potatoes, vegetables and much more.
See The Potato Days list for ours (on 6th February, and many more) here.
Worth Knowing: Orders can be placed in advance with the excellent nursery helping put on the day: Pennard Plants.


Problems.

Flooding, what can gardeners do to help?

This year, so far, the south west of England has not been subjected to flooding on the scale of that which struck the Somerset Levels in 2013 and 2014. That is not to say that other parts of the country have got off so lightly, far from it. This time around it is the north west of the UK which has suffered an endless battering of storms and daily we see, on our televisions, scenes of flooding to homes, businesses, fields and gardens. Even before this latest storm ("Frank") people in Somerset were wondering how they could help (see Western Gazette).
All of which sets me to wondering, what can we as gardeners do to help fellow gardeners in areas which have been affected by flooding?
The RHS offers some advice, but it seems (sorry about the pun) a drop in the ocean.
Here is just a little taste of the effect on one property (albeit the National Trust, with rather more resources than the average gardener): Wordsworth House and Garden.
So, what can we fellow gardeners do to help?

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Did I say Final Potatoes?

Today I turned out more of the container grown potatoes, that leaves just one container (the largest one) to give us, hopefully, some new potato treats into the new year.

So, when I previously posted under the heading of Final Potatoes, I got that wrong didn't I; they just keep coming!

This is probably a good time to say Merry Christmas and a Peaceful New Year - happy growing!



Compost from potato containers around brassica plants
Compost from potato containers around brassica plants

Lovely looking Charlotte potatoes
Lovely looking Charlotte potatoes

Emptying container
Emptying container