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Garden vegetables for winter


By peter


I’m afraid this blog is late, as are some of the tasks I’ve been doing in the garden. Having finished the double digging (removing yet more rubble has left my double dug patch considerable lower), and with lots of suggestions for over winter vegetables, last weekend we took a trip to the garden centre.

The dip left by my double digging

Eventually we decided to try spring cabbage, spinach, overwintering onions and garlic – forgetting how little space we have!

Until I can lift the onions (this weeks task) I’ve only got space to sow half the cabbage and half the spinach seed. Both packets said to sow in September and I made it on Sunday 30th :o). If you want to plant them 2 weeks late, the rest of the packets are up for grabs in the seed swap.

Both were sown in rows about a few inches apart and although I’ve planted more than will have space to grow, I will thin them out later and keep the strongest looking plants.

The troughs for the seed

Soil and seed doesn’t make for particularly bright photographs but my chilis were looking very colourful and I’ll be picking them this week too.

Bright chili peppers

I was also pushed to my gardening limits last weekend when I decided that the family can all have a home grown herb garden for Christmas, meaning my first attempt at propagation!

I took cuttings of my rosemary, lavender, thyme, oregano and curry leaf; I also divided my chives. They all looked pretty good a week ago but today it looks like only the Chives are enjoying their new home.

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The chillis look amazing - when did you sow and plant these, and do you know the variety, wouldn`t mind giving some a try next year, I thought they would need to be grown in a greenhouse?

10 Oct, 2007


Hi Andrea, I should have noted the date down in 'My Garden' :o) I think I must have planted them outside in May after buying them as small plants, they've been there since. I don't know the variety I'm afraid but the plant will give me loads of seed and I'm happy to send you some when they're ready.

10 Oct, 2007


Thanks very much for the offer, I would appreciate that.

10 Oct, 2007


The chilli plant is looking good, I'm on a learning curve with the veg garden, just transplanted my spring cabbage, which I hope will give me some success, the brocalli has been attacked by caterpillars:(

11 Oct, 2007

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