Six on Saturday – W42/2019 – In the vegetable garden in October

Our vegetables are growing steadily as temperatures and rainfall are increasing. This is also the time when the broad beans start forming pods. Unfortunately this year’s crop does not appear to be as good as last years, but it is early days yet.

The rainbow chard is looking lush and colourful in amongst the celery, shallots and young sugar snaps. Last year this trellis was covered with sugar snap peas!

More broad beans! These plants get more sun during the day and are growing well, and need staking.

Earlier this year a local couple, who used to live in the house next door to ours, came over to see what changes we had made to the garden. Amongst other snippets of information, they told us that the previous owner had very successfully grown asparagus in the vegetable bed against the north fence. When we saw asparagus crowns for sale at the Garden Expo in July, we bought a couple – Asparagus officinalis ‘Mary Washington’. The crowns remained dormant for a couple of months, showing little sign of life. We thought we had lost these plants and invested in a punnet of asparagus seedlings. We potted each of the seedlings up into individual pots, and once they have established we will plant them out into the garden. In the meantime the crowns have produced some delicate feathery shoots covered with tiny buds! [The white basket was placed over the crowns to protect them from the chickens! We can remove it now that the plants are established]

The rhubarb plants are developing really well this year. We have grown some in pots and some directly into the garden bed. Last year both lots of plants struggled, but this season’s growth seems to be so much stronger! The box behind which is covered with yet another wire basket has baby spinach growing in it. Again we are protecting the plants from the chickens!

The final picture for the week shows the lower half of the vegetable bed on the northern side of the garden. The young asparagus plants will be planted towards the rear of the bed once they are established in the pots. The new chicken pen can be seen behind the perpetual spinach, and young Ivy the dog is inspecting the parsley, shallots and chard!

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