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Blue Sky



Joined: 30 Jan 2005
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Location: France
PostPosted: Wed Nov 15, 06 7:55 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

Just Jane wrote:

Wheat


Interesting that you are growing wheat. Do you make your own flour?

LynneA



Joined: 25 Oct 2006
Posts: 4893
Location: London N21
PostPosted: Wed Nov 15, 06 12:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

To be used before Spring:
JA's
Brussels
PSB
"2nd cropping" Potatoes (got a foliage blight a few weeks back - need to lift
Rhubarb (going to try forcing a crown this year)
Next year's:
Onions
garlic
shallots
broad beans
peas

Also got some green manure in. Will risk another few beds of rye this weekend.

Just Jane



Joined: 16 Mar 2006
Posts: 140
Location: France
PostPosted: Wed Nov 15, 06 1:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

Simon wrote:
Do you make your own flour?


It's something I wouldn't mind trying but I don't think that 16m2 would keep me in bread for too long.
Seriously I quite like to experiment to see what I can grow and keep myself in. If the wheat doesn't look too good after the winter I can rotovate it in as a green manure, if it looks OK I'll see what I get when it ripens. I can then either try & grind it into flour or keep it for chicken feed for when I eventually get a couple of hens (hopefully next year but that depends on how I get on with clearing that part of the garden).
This years experiments included lentils (left them on the plants too long & they went mouldy during wet weather in August), sunflowers (a big tubfull of the seed for feeding the birds) and cotton (2 plants now inthe lounge - nice flowers no cotton yet). I have split the potager into 8 beds about 16m2 to be rotated each year (permanant stuff in other beds) and am still experimenting with the positioning of some crops in the beds but after that the science goes a bit out of the window (plant it & see what happens) - one of my constraints is that I don't like to use tap water to water the plants and at the moment only have 500litres of water butt - I want to install a rainwater collection system in the garage but I can't do that till I've tiled the basement (a job for the winter) - last summer the tomatoes, peppers, melons and young fruit trees got individual watering everyother day but most other things had to take their chances with what fell from the sky (or fell on them when the neighbours were watering)

alisjs



Joined: 23 Jun 2006
Posts: 1497
Location: Conwy
PostPosted: Wed Nov 15, 06 3:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

wow! what long lists!

parsnips
purple sprouting broccoli
cabbage
land cress
courgettes(yes....still going!)
beetroot
parsley
raspberries(also still going)
runners (still in for seed saving)
sprouts
onions and garlic (for next year)

Penny Outskirts



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PostPosted: Wed Nov 15, 06 3:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

Calli wrote:
Just water


and worms

Behemoth



Joined: 01 Dec 2004
Posts: 19023
Location: Leeds
PostPosted: Thu Nov 16, 06 10:20 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

Checked the plot this morning. It's all looking fine if a bit dishevelled. However my PSB is sprouting! A fine addtion to the stirfy of oriental greens I had planned on having this saturday.

culpepper



Joined: 16 Dec 2004
Posts: 638
Location: Kent
PostPosted: Sat Dec 09, 06 7:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

harly anything in mine now.Still got
parsnips
Leeks
Sprouts and a bit of
Broccoli
Beetroot
Chard

Its been perishing down here the last few days
so not much done
and i need to get out and fix some tarp over the shed roof as the wind has ripped the roof felt off one side.

Blue Sky



Joined: 30 Jan 2005
Posts: 7654
Location: France
PostPosted: Sat Dec 09, 06 7:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

That should get you throo the winter Culpepper

Most of my mini-raised-beds are now planted with garlic for next year. If we fail with other stuff we should at least be self-sufficient in garlic next year for the first time ever

sally_in_wales
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Joined: 06 Mar 2005
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Location: sunny wales
PostPosted: Sat Dec 09, 06 8:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

I have ...slugs. And quite a lot of mossy stuff, and a few worms with snorkels on

Nanny



Joined: 17 Feb 2005
Posts: 4520
Location: carms in wales
PostPosted: Sat Dec 09, 06 8:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

Penny wrote:
Calli wrote:
Just water


and worms


i have both of those..........little else apart from horse poop and some of the biggest slugs in the world

they are wearing water wings now..............

alisjs



Joined: 23 Jun 2006
Posts: 1497
Location: Conwy
PostPosted: Sat Dec 09, 06 10:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

mushy soil with heaps of foraged seaweed!
Also harvesting parsnips,beetroot, spinach, sprouts, land cress, parsley and a bit of broccoli.

Raspberries have finally stopped fruiting this week!

nettie



Joined: 02 Dec 2004
Posts: 5886
Location: Suffolk
PostPosted: Sun Dec 10, 06 3:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

Nothing much. Am moving house in a few weeks so haven't planted anything this year. Anything perennial that can come with me is in pots waiting to go. I miss it all!!!!!

Nanny



Joined: 17 Feb 2005
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Location: carms in wales
PostPosted: Sun Dec 10, 06 9:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

nettie wrote:
Nothing much. Am moving house in a few weeks so haven't planted anything this year. Anything perennial that can come with me is in pots waiting to go. I miss it all!!!!!


i know nettie, so do i

keep looking at the plat and knowing that i want to start but until the area is fenced off from the horses ( i could talk to them out of the back window if it opened) there is no point in even thinking about doing anything out there............

pleased to say though that my saffron crocus have been put into the cauldron filled with very ancient horse muck and they have all sprouted and one has flowered so i suppose i have something to show for the season

Nanny



Joined: 17 Feb 2005
Posts: 4520
Location: carms in wales
PostPosted: Sun Dec 10, 06 9:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

nettie wrote:
Nothing much. Am moving house in a few weeks so haven't planted anything this year. Anything perennial that can come with me is in pots waiting to go. I miss it all!!!!!


i know nettie, so do i

keep looking at the plat and knowing that i want to start but until the area is fenced off from the horses ( i could talk to them out of the back window if it opened) there is no point in even thinking about doing anything out there............

pleased to say though that my saffron crocus have been put into the cauldron filled with very ancient horse muck and they have all sprouted and one has flowered so i suppose i have something to show for the season

nettie



Joined: 02 Dec 2004
Posts: 5886
Location: Suffolk
PostPosted: Sun Dec 10, 06 11:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

A crocus already!!!

Looks like next year will be a no-go too, as once i have sold my place and moved to Dave's we will be putting his place on the market too, with a view to getting a cottage in the country However I rather think by the time it's all sorted we will have missed the planting season yet again! My potted plants will need their own suitcases at this rate

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