Saturday, September 05, 2009

2009 Summary

Over the past 4 years we have learnt so much about growing produce and how best to organise a huge 6 perch plot. Here's a run down on what we should and shouldn't do for 2010.

  • Don't plant too many beans. There is always too many.
  • Trim the grass regularly - it takes over plotting land within days.
  • Squashes need a LOT of room. More than you think.
  • Keep the greenhouse/shed organised. We always loose the scissors.
  • Don't try and dig the land after a long dry/warm spell. It's like digging rock! It needs some water retention to keep it crumbly.
  • Pinch out broad bean tips as soon as ants start making a huge appearance on them. Ants farm the blackfly for sugary secretions. Also spray with washing up liquid and water regularly. (They need babysitting)
  • Comfrey is a pain in the arse and grows within 2/3 weeks to a monster size. Plant it where it won't bother other produce. Handy for fertiliser but it STINKS!
  • Net any fruit in a cage. Birds will stamp on your plants and rip them to shreds if they can reach any of your fruit. Also net seedlings.
  • You will not win the war against bind weed/mares tail, couch grass without using chemicals. You can only control it organically to a degree.
  • Blight will come back the following year once you've had it. Your neighbours will probably have it too. Buy disease-resistant seeds early in the year before they run out in the shops and online.
  • Get a mattock - it's the most awesome tool I have come across.
  • Shop at Wilkos, Home Bargains and Lidl for tools/seeds/pots etc. The best value around! (10p for a pot saucer in Home Bargains)
  • Always buy stainless steel tools. You won't regret it. (Wilkos)
  • Grow salads and herbs at home in boxes or tubs. Far easier to look after.
  • Dig the land for planting in late summer for the following year. You can guarantee it will be too wet/cold to prepare a lot of beds before April. Cover all unused beds with weed control cloth/plastic over winter.
  •  Feed chillies/peppers/tomatoes. They need it.

What is 6 perches?

Perch: A linear or square rod, a linear measure, esp. for land, equal to 5 1/2 yards (approximately 5.029 m), (also square rod) a square measure, esp. for land, equal to 160th of an acre or 30 1/4 square yards (approximately 25.29 sq m)

Tuesday, September 01, 2009

Produce from 2009

Despite the blight we did get some produce from 2009 but as usual it was about 20 million beans and a handful of the tasty stuff. We did plant way too many squashes as well! Not a bad year all round.

Bramley Apples
Mini Squashes
Waxy yellow beans
Mange Tout
Green Beans