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The City Veg Patch: Much less veg, extra bulbs

Beetroot, carrots, pink chard harvest
Not fairly nailing self sufficiency however very fairly

Regardless that I’ve now acquired a little bit christmas tree (one which I’ve to maintain alive in its pot), I nonetheless cannot fairly get my head round the truth that will probably be christmas in simply ten days or that there’s lower than three weeks to the brand new yr. Work within the backyard is rarely completed however I’ve spent most of final week working in different folks’s gardens. Nonetheless, it appears to be like as if this would be the week that I get a while to type out my very own backyard areas and lastly plant my spring bulbs. They could possibly be summer time bulbs if I don’t get on with it.

This yr I ordered bulbs in from the Netherlands – a really tempting web site with a sale on … 50% off! now 70% off! Just for 48 hours! Sure, I succumbed. Twice. The primary batch arrived a few weeks in the past, the second solely yesterday so now I can pair them up into the kaleidoscope of colors and shapes that flashed via my thoughts after I seemed on-line. Sure, I am pondering purple and orange tulips with fritillaria in a few giant pots. There may even be pink and purple tulips and daffs, however the colors are secondary to offering meals for bumble bees in spring; they’re energetic sooner than honey bees and have to feed. And I want them to stay round for pollinating the fruit tree blossom!

home grown cauliflower with its leaves on
It is the easy issues that make me blissful!

In the meantime the veg backyard slumbers on. All the pieces has slowed proper down with the shorter days however I nonetheless have just a few winter carrots and beetroot, plus chard, leeks and kale that may stand via the coldest months ready to be picked. There’s additionally a single tiny cauliflower that magically escaped being ravaged by slugs earlier this yr, small and completely shaped – who knew that the sight of a cauliflower might spark such pleasure! And let’s not neglect the thriller plant that appears nothing just like the darkish Cavolo Nero kale written on its label. Fingers crossed it’ll grow to be a broccoli of some description. 

So, earlier than I am going and plant bulbs and unfold muck (actually), one final piece of stories … I am in print! The article I wrote for Backyard Solutions journal got here out final week; I used to be requested to put in writing about life on the veg patch in January. Different backyard bloggers will comply with on within the sequence, so I am actually wanting ahead to studying their articles.  It is an amazing magazine, properly price a learn – and, haha, I am not simply saying that as a result of I am in it!  

Garden Answers Life on Veg Patch pages



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