Wednesday, 17 October 2018

The last few days I was preparing the vegetable garden for winter sleep. I picked up most of the vegetables and cleared the beds. I only left a row of swiss chard, leeks and kale. The weather is still very warm for this period of the year (21°C!) and they look pretty good.

After clearing the beds, I did some weeding and tilling and covered it all with straw. 

Tuesday, 16 October 2018

The Four Seasons 2018

Monday, 8 October 2018

Still Harvesting

It is October, and the weather is still very warm. The mornings are fresh, but the daily temperatures reach 22° C. I finally harvested all of my pumpkins and squashes. I love to eat them simply baked into the oven. Sometimes I make the pumpkin soup or bake a pumpkin pie.

These have orange flesh and are good for baking. We call them the Misir pumpkins because they originate from Egypt.

Here are Cucurbita moschata 'Musquee de Provence', Cucurbita pepo 'Hokkaido' and Cucurbita moschata 'Waltham'.

Cucurbita pepo 'Jack be Little' is small and I mostly use it as an autumn decoration.

The last of chillies and zucchini.

'Musque de Provence'

Friday, 5 October 2018

Planting Peonies

My new peonies have arrived, and I simply had to prepare the bed for them today. They came bare roots and need to be planted as soon as possible. The thing was I had no time to make a new bed sooner so, I needed to finish it all in just one day.

Starting early in the morning was just about the right time to do the removing the turf and digging the ground. I knew it would be hard labouring job! It took me three hours to finish this about 7 m2 big area.

I have found about ten Cockchafer larvae in the ground. I have just transferred them to another place. I hate killing them for no reason. It takes usually four years to grow up into adult beetles which are nowadays so rare to be seen.

This is what I finished by the noon. A quick lunch and I was back to some more digging!

Planting is the easiest part of the entire operation. One important note -  do not plant paeonies too deep because they might not produce flowers. The hole needs to be spacious to hold the roots free. I use to put some soil around the roots and then water it. I repeat it until the buds are covered with about 2 cm of soil. This way the soil will settle well around the roots. 
The bed is still not finished. I am going to mulch it with dry grass clippings and make an edge of used bricks.
These are mostly the white flowering peonies. I accompanied them with the geraniums 'Rosemoor', 'Orion' and 'Nimbus', Allium christophii and Allium Ambassador'. 

Friday, 31 August 2018

Late Summer Fruits

These are the last of kohlrabi, cucumbers and tomatoes. Courgettes still have lots of flowers and a few new small fruits. The summer was pretty rainy, and the tomatoes were infected with blight (Phytophora infestans). The most resilient to the fungus was 'San Marzano' and cherry tomatoes as well.

It is interesting to watch how the pumpkins turn the colour from deep green into the bright orange. They are not yet ripe, I'll leave them out until the vines dry off. 

The walnuts are already ripe and fall off. They are pretty big this year. 

I have cleared off the stems of French bean 'Blauhilde'. They went up high this year and couldn't pick them up without the ladder. I found dried pods with seeds today. What a wonderful surprise!