Monday Plotlines

Very wet and weirdly warm for the time of year best describes the weather here at the moment.  I arrived at the plot yesterday morning to find the entrance to the site under six inches of water.

A combination of  a much needed manure delivery, the last lot disappeared in three weeks flat, and continual rain renders it slippy and perilous underfoot even if wearing stout wellington boots.

Southbourne Gardens

The digging and clearing continues and we’re resigned now to having to get a skip in to clear  the rubbish away.  I was pleased, however to find the tin bath, if you’re a fan of Sarah Raven you’ll see these in the Christmas catalogue planted up with yellow pansies, a very cheering I think.  The plot could really do with some Winter colour.

Southbourne Gardens

We’re getting some great salad crops from the Rocket Gardens plug plants we bought a couple of months ago and I’ll share some photos of these later this week, my only sadness is that yet again we have whitefly on the kale and cavolo nero.  Just too warm perhaps?  Also a good crop of carrots and parsnips.

Carrots and Parsnips

The wheat and spelt have germinated and the birds have had a party, little did we know how keen they’d be on the tender young shoots, another lesson to net everything.  The question now is, do we sow some more to fill in gaps.  The garlic has also germinated so now it’s just the broad beans to go in and we’re done for this year, though with new seed catalogues already dropping through the letterbox it’s not far off starting all over again.

Thank you for reading.


I am linking this post to Annie’s How Does Your Garden Grow over at her blog mammasaurus.




RHS Taste Of Autumn Festival

Adding to the wealth of pumpkin pictures currently doing the rounds on Twitter, Instagram et al I thought I’d share some of the photos we took recently at the RHS Taste of Autumn Festival.  I’m not sure if I’ve said it before but I’m increasingly keen on these smaller shows finding them altogether more relaxed than their larger counterparts, and also whilst I’ve no aversion to shopping on line for bits and pieced for the plot it’s always nice to see the suppliers you like ‘in person’.  Along with the opportunity for a long walk on a sunny day and the prospect of cake at the end it’s a winning combination.

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We didn’t really intend to buy but still managed to come away with the five rhubarb crowns I talked about in the last post, windfall apples from the orchard and some quince from Pennard Plants which unless you have your own growing seem to be incredibly hard to find.

All in all a very good day out.

If you’re in London or fancy a drive out, the next RHS event is the Secret Garden Sunday on the 2nd November, all details here.

Monday Plotlines

Hello Monday!  And for once I’m glad to see it. After a gloomy and cold Sunday, that saw me scurrying back from the plot after less than an hour, we have a gloriously balmy autumn day with full sun and blues skies.


This is normally the time for clearing up at the plot, a bit of out door housework if you will and whilst there’s plenty of that we also been doing plenty of planting. The garlic arrived and is now in and after a trip to a Franchi Seeds open day a couple of weeks ago Derek has sown spelt and some wheat, his new challenge post the chillies to grow and bake a loaf of bread. I have no idea how this will go, so all advice is gratefully received.