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Johnplotman's Journal

Johnplotman's Journal

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Work with the broad bean beds.

13 November 2009 20:39:21
2009 Vegetable plans.

2009 Vegetable plans.

All eyes will be on the broad beans [Vicia faba] beds for work in the vegetable garden tomorrow.If we are lucky with the weather the plan will be to first off,cut the old bean stalks down and chop them up.As the beds there will not be needed for a few weeks they will be returned and dug in to feed the soil.The fact that the old stalks will be a great form of a green manure will give the ground a top feed for the incoming crop.Some of the beds where the new beans will be sown in that area will be dug out to app 30cm deep and similar wide to start feeding that section with kitchen scraps etc.

The picture of this years vegetables beds.All notes for the year in the garden diary.


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J.D. J.D. 13 November 2009 21:10:22

It never ceases to amaze me, John, how organized you are. I wish I could take a leaf out of your book.


Drumanagh Drumanagh 13 November 2009 21:19:27

Very impressive indeed!


fran m fran m 13 November 2009 21:19:31

John, with planning like that, it is no wonder you make it look so easy, doing what you do is reflected in all your planning and drawing out your beds etc. I thought I was great earlier making a very small list of a few veg and salad items I will try and grow next year, a very small list. you are an inspiration to all us "L" platers.

Fair dues to you and your hands.


Clara Clara 13 November 2009 21:38:40

John if  I had to draw that out it would be enough do you use this drawing every year or change it ???


HeadGardener HeadGardener 13 November 2009 21:45:06

John and I thought I was organised :-) when are the troops due to assault the garden???


Johnplotman Johnplotman 13 November 2009 21:54:22

Thanks Jacinta,Drumanagh,and Fran.

Fran,you are thinking ahead with the small list for the new year.That is of most importance for the veg garden.Always keep it simple,Let your tastebuds tell you,feel the soil,grow something you like,eventually you will get to grow for each season,succession in the key,never fight nature that always wins.You will have mistakes but like us all,gardening would not be the same without some.


Johnplotman Johnplotman 13 November 2009 22:12:04

Clara,every new years drawings will be similar only that the vegetables themselves will have been rotated to a new bed each time.I do see similar to above every year.

Bill,Those troops like slugs,aphids,weevils etc along with many more you could say,have assaulted the veg garden pulled back and returned on many visits.


Rachel Rachel 13 November 2009 22:25:13

What excellent organizational skills. A question for you about bulb fennel. Ours is growing strongly but I wonder should it be taken up before any hard frost or what. Thought you would know the answer easily. Thanks.


Johnplotman Johnplotman 13 November 2009 22:55:02

Thanks Rachel,With the fennell [vulgare var.azoricum] harvest them like a celery if you want to.I would not chance any hard frost,but the bulbs cannot be stored long unless they are par-boiled and frozen.If you want to you can dry the leaves the same as herbs but the smell wont be as good as freshly cut ones.


Rachel Rachel 15 November 2009 00:08:46

Thanks, John. Ate some more for dinner tody but must get out and dig it up for parboiling and freezing!


Johnplotman Johnplotman 15 November 2009 10:34:47

Your welcome Rachel.


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