On my recent visit to Naples I noticed Bourgainvillea growing everywhere. It was so nice to see some bright colour still this late in the year (though I’m happy to return home to the autumnal colours).
Sedum plants are a great Autumnal flower and I’m hoping to plant some in my garden.
Plump leaves act as reservoirs to contain water.
Waxy outer coat - doesn’t lose any moisture through transpiration.
Easy to take root - whenever it touches soil.
Butterflies and bees love these plants.
Sedum Herbstfreude (Autumn Joy)
Sedum ‘Joyce Henderson’
Sedum Spectabile (Stardust)
Divide every three or four years
Put stakes or sticks in and cut down to 6 inches in May to help stop them from flopping
The Evolution of my Courgettes
I’ve been thinking that it’s probably a good idea to take note of what’s grown well and what’s done badly this year so I can maybe take ideas from this for next year. One of my successes this year has to be my courgette plants (which are still trying to fruit now).
I grew two Courgette plants this year, one of which I sowed and one that I bought. They were both planted in my vegetable patch and have both done really well. Luckily they didn’t all grow at once and I’ve had a pretty good harvest from both plants including some of the largest and prettiest yellow Courgettes that i’ve ever seen.
Planting out Spinach ‘Reddy’
I sowed these seeds in an egg box and have found the process of planting them out so simple because of this. The cardboard was very easy to handle and each plant was easily separable as the card can be torn.
I prepared the soil until it was light andy crumbly and measured the final locations using bamboo. I am hoping to grow large leaves so I have planted the spinach in rows of approximately 45 cm apart and with 30cm between each plant.
I have made small soil warming squares in hope that this will aid the growth of my seedlings.
The Living Rainforest - Newbury
I visited the Living Rainforest a couple of months ago and really loved it. The first two photographs are of the Pitcher Plant, a carnivorous plant which lures prey into pitfall traps and absorbs their nutrients. Some larger species can even digest mice and lizards.
Sowing Sprouting Broccoli Direct
I followed this guide when sowing:-
Sowing Carrots Direct into Soil
As with the parsnips I have first time nerves about growing carrots.
The system I used is simple:-
Sowing Lettuce Seeds
Variety: Cos Lettuce - Little Gem
Lettuce is a salad leaf which my family eats very often and I am excited to grow it for the first time. Initially I was going to sow these direct into the soil but instructions on the packet suggested sowing in pots. Once germinated I will plant these out in my vegetable patch and possibly also in a salad pot outside the kitchen.
Planting out a Pumpkin plant
I’ve planted out my pumpkin at the back of the french beans in the hope that it will grow through the middle. I mulched over the top using grass cuttings. Hopefully this idea will go to plan.
Planting out French Beans
Update of Spinach sown in egg boxes
I’ve never grown Parsnips or Carrots before and am quite intimidated by the idea. I have to admit that I didn’t do very much research into what would be the best variety for my plot but the people at the garden store informed me that lots of the allotment gardeners in the area grow Albion Parsnips.
A good guide for sowing parsnips:-
If I had planned ahead I would have prepared the area last year because Parsnips prefer soil that was manured in the last growing year. I did cover the soil with fleece in advance but in the future I will cover the soil earlier.
What to do with an old wheelbarrow
Last Autumn I decided to make use of an old broken wheelbarrow by replanting some of the strawberry plants from my vegetable patch in it. The barrow had perfectly pre made drainage holes in it already so I simply lined the base with a few bin liners (with holes) and filled it up with compost.
As you can see the result of this experiment was really great and the strawberry’s are growing beautifully. Now I just need to keep the birds away from the fruits and all should be well.