Well, it’s another New Year and outside its freezing today, so I am inside making bread and Kanelbullar (Swedish cardamom and cinnamon buns). After a hot summer and masses of building work and the mad panic of decorating and tiling reading for Christmas, I am going to start the fab six on Saturday posts again.
The vegetable beds
We have struggled to be in the garden for 3-4 months of the summer this year as we had some building work done. We had no kitchen so no way to eat a lot of the stuff we were growing. At least we had tomatoes with nearly every meal.
Mulching ready for winter
We try to get a layer of compost and manure down on the empty beds and then cover with cardboard. This is all part of the no dig idea of growing in raised beds. So far it is working well.
We been trying to grow a few more greens during the winter. We have kale, sprouts, purple sprouting and chard already. This year we have tried oriental mustard greens and love them. Think of a peppery pak choi when raw and a good spinach flavour when wilted in a pan with butter. Yummy!
We have a couple of conventional compost bins that take a long time to rot down and actually give pretty wet stuff usually. I see other on twitter etc have been trying out hot composting but I am not sure I have the time to turn the bins every day. I think a bit more research needed.
This year we have another garden project. The area just outside the house is dead grass and mud from the building work. However, we bought a beautiful white-flowered camellia to go in one cover that stays in the shade on cold winters morning. I am looking forward to getting that planted and settled in this year.
January always has ray of sunshine for me – forced rhubarb. I was lucky enough to receive a play forcing pot as a present from my sister a few years ago. Pop in on a healthy crown in January and wait til the yellow leaves pop the lid off in March.
Happy New Year and happy gardening, growing etc in 2019.
The “rules” of Six on Saturday are easy to follow and can be found on The Progator’s blog. I recommend you give it a go, it is an addictive thing to do