Winter is very much upon us

The wind began in earnest on Thursday evening, and although it has lessened, it is still gusting over 50mph tonight. The last ferry was on Thursday. Monday’s is already cancelled, and I doubt we’ll see one on Tuesday given the forecast.

I have battened down the hatches and started some garden planning.

First of all, I finally (before the wind arrived) got round to clearing the tomato plants out, fertilising the greenhouse, and covering the ground in cardboard. I’m told that if you water the cardboard, it encourages the worms and warms the soil. We’ll see!

The big storm on Thursday night did very little damage to the house or croft, thankfully. My bean frame has met an untimely end, though.

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It collapsed entirely the next night.

The storm also brough an unusual sight – a covering of white stuff on the ground. Not snow, but hail stones. Either way, it looked pretty for the 30 minutes or so that it lasted.

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Plans are well afoot for extending the vegetable garden into a small market garden. Fencing has been ordered, and I have ordered my seeds.

Here is this year’s list – it should keep me out of mischief.

Pak Choi
Chard
Chillies
Radish
Sprouts Trafalger
Leeks
Cucumber
Courgette- Parthenon
Butternut squash
Carrots – Nantes
Parsnips – Tender & True
Spring cabbage – Hispi
Red cabbage – red drum head
White cabbage – golden acre
Runner beans
Mangetout
Lettuce – little gem
Peas
Snowball turnip
Swede Marian
Marrow – Table Dainty
Spinach – Perpetual spinach
Aubergine – Money Maker
Kale – Pentland Brig
Tomatoes – Gardners Delight
Beetroot – bolt hardy
Sharpes
Charlotte
Red rooster
Onion – Red Baron
Onions – Sturon
Parsley
Leaf Coriander
Dill
Comfrey
Basil
Chives
Fennel
Mint
Flat leaf Parsley

One thought on “Winter is very much upon us

  • 12th January 2015 at 3:21 pm
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    Very impressive Rhoda.

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