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Post by Chilli-head 6th November 2020, 8:30 am

When I moved in here, an older neighbour told me the first frost is in the first week in November. And once more she is right.

Mrs C-H and C-H Jnr have moved the citrus and other things safely in the greenhouse just in time.

The only really important outstanding autumn job here is garlic and onion planting.  How about your garden ?

The other little job is picking and freezing the left over 7 pot yellow chillies,  of which there are many ....


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Post by freebird 6th November 2020, 9:03 am

I got my garlic in the ground about 12 hours before our first, quite hard, frost. I was quite pleased with the cloves - last year I harvested and kept a few bulbs and brought them with me when we moved, but had only 8 cloves good enough to plant last November. They ended up in with the soft fruit for want of anywhere else to put them. Kept the three best bulbs for this year's seed, which yielded 22 really fat cloves for planting. They are in my new raised bed this time.

The last, fruit cage, harvest was my best ever in terms of quality. I think, from my experiences, that really good drainage is key, so hoping a well manured and well drained raised bed will provide just the right conditions.

Still scratching around for enough suitable mulch so I can get back to no-dig. We have access to the grass cuttings from the local bowls green, most of which are mostly decomposed, so that will be used on some plots where fruiting isn't the end product (working on the premise that it will be nitrogenous). We have some sheep manure, but only enough for three of the eight plots.

Sunny out there today, so time I was out and taking advantage of dry weather.
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Post by Chilli-head 6th November 2020, 1:32 pm

With the increase in home delivery, we have lots of packaging material. A lot of corrugated cardboard has gone on the compost heaps - I'm keen to have as much home compost as possible, it did me really well this year. I must have used 400L for tomatoes and peppers, and the rougher stuff at the allotment I used as a mulch around the squashes and sweetcorn. Other than that they had comfrey/nettle juice from the apparatus I made in spring, and some chicken manure pellets. And they did very well on it - despite n manure at all this year.
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Post by Chilli-head 8th November 2020, 10:22 am

I more or less finished my seed ordering yesterday with an order to Nickys nursery. Not one I use a lot, but they do have a fair range of interesting chillies. Seem to have a lot more pricet F1 varieties than last time I used them, which is not really to my taste, but still.

I did hobble to the greenhouse to see my chillies yesterday, and sat on the bench for an hour watching Mrs C-H working ... she put the onions and garlic in at the allotment in the afternoon, so that's about it until February!
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Post by Dandelion 9th November 2020, 10:15 pm

I've used Nicky's Nursery before - I don't know if it's still the same, but one aspect I liked was that seeds were available in smaller amounts.

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Post by Chilli-head 9th November 2020, 10:26 pm

Yes, I presume like Premier seeds direct and others,  they split and repack agricultural sized seed packs.

I have to go to be re-potted at the hospital tomorrow;  the stitches get tidied and hopefully a lighter weight pot, and another xray to check it is all still in the right place.

Oops- sorry, thought I was on the tearoom !
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Post by Dandelion 10th November 2020, 5:07 pm

That's Ok - you put it all in gardening language so we'll let you off!! Very Happy
Hope your repotting was Ok and you're more comfortable now.

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