Sept. 15th sow salads for winter, no dig, small garden, harvests, watering
If you have not already sown salads for cropping undercover through winter and into spring, NOW is the moment.
So they have time to establish before winter, make decent roots then crop in cool weather.
If you have only a cold frame or greenhouse staging, grow some in boxes. I line mushroom boxes with newspaper, fill & pack firm with multipurpose compost, then either sow now or plant October from module sowings now.
This season at Homeacres #nodig
The weather is dry again and we have been watering salads, celeriac, new plantings, kale and even Brussels sprouts. I hope it rains soon but the sunshine and warmth are lovely.
We had one night of 3.5C/38F and just avoided a ground frost: mid-September often sees one cold night! Then no more until mid-October. Days currently average 18-20C/64-68F and nights are around 10C/50F.
In late summer I have plants needing to go in, and no empty space.
On 25th August I planted two-week old seedlings of spinach, mustards and salad rocket between lettuce that we have continued to crop. See how happy they look. Interplant = companion plant.
See the growth of Medania spinach, this is the variety you want. I tied some Merlo Nero from Seeds of Italy = waste of time, they flowered already, really poor.
Open day & courses
The huge interest in my garden and no dig resulted in a thousand or so people in the garden on 2nd September on a gorgeous late summer day. I loved meeting so many of you and Steph did us proud with an amazing array of cakes.
We had the pleasure of hosting a photography course here, run by the excellent Jason Ingram and organised by Steph, whose new recipe book appears soon..
No dig success
Thee trial beds continue to amaze me, especially how poor the dig bed is inters of water not soaking in, and root harvests. Just look at the difference in carrots. They were sown between lettuce in soil that was dug last December. The no dig bed has never been dug or loosened in any way.
I love this season of abundance. On 10th September we picked and gathered Homeacres harvests together and Josh laid them out nicely.
Currently the most abundant crop is French beans from June sowings of dwarf plants, quite amazing.
Small garden abundance
This project to crop an area of 25m2/270ft2 has been fascinating. Harvests are varied, plentiful and regular: currently beans, tomatoes, peppers, beetroot, coriander, lettuce, kale and leeks. See more in the video.
No rush to harvest these.
Nor to prop fruits on stones or blocks of wood.
Just wait until leaves have died off, the mildew helps this.
These are coming good to pick as pods dry, especially the runner beans which can go a little mouldy if pods get wet after they have dried. Whereas Borlottis stand well, we often pick them all in one go, in October.