Solstice

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The garden is now tucked up ready for the winter which seems to have finally arrived with the winds and rain of recent days. The pic above shows a raised bed topped up with compost and covered in straw litter from the duck enclosure.Image

Parsley does very well here.

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Buds have already opened on the Elder.

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Recent catepillar damage.These cabbages will be eaten soon.

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Oriental salad awaiting second cut for Christmas

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Brussel sprouts for next year.

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Plenty of winter greens to be nibbling on. Found some amathist deceiver muchrooms also. The pea supports are,nt hgh enough so will cut to top of supports.

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Nasturtiams seem to be quite happy to overwinter, here with P. spinach

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Asparagus shoots emerging.

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Overwintering Broadbeans with undersown green manure and stakes ready

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Raised bed piled high with compost which will further rot down over winter. I remove the larger wood twigs as the material is taken down.

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Leeks and cabbages ready for eating

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Summer fruiting rasberries with next years fruiting canes.

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Overwintering Onions  Radar and Garlic Vallelado ( not up yet)

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more onions and garlic

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Late maincrop potatoes  Sarpo Axoma stored in the ground, they have a resistance to slug and wireworm damage and should be ok

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Sarpo Mira Potatoes recently harvested. I Know some people say these potatoes lack flavour and are left for last but this is a shame. They were very floury. John and Linda that run Eco Logic in Dundrum thought them delicious. They score 9 out of 9 on blight resistance tests and I did,nt use any chemicals on them. Not that I have or use any chemicals anyway.

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The soil in the garden is full of worms notably more than when I started the garden in 2011. I put this down to the constant application of compost materials. The raised beds are like little wormeries that get regular feeding. I can do this because the scale of the garden allows it.

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Some kale for over the winter. ( I love kale)

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Inside the little greenhouse.

The plan for 2014 is to increase the diversity within the garden by giving over more space for flowers and plants that are both edible and promote greater diversity. I expect to see more pest and diseases now that the garden is entering its 4th year and I will need many allies to allow the best possible balance.

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