Cases of manure contamination are still cropping up see here so it's still important to take care when acquiring supplies. This is especially important in areas where Forefront weedkiller is used.
If you grow aquilegias then you should read this article in the Telegraph about a 'new' disease,
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Monday, November 30
Friday, November 27
Nemesia still sported flowers and the French marigolds and cosmos also had albeit small flowers.
Monday, November 23
Fortunately the only damage – if it can be called that – caused on the plot by the gales was the environmesh being blown off the carrots. We have so far escaped lightly. I just hope that isn’t tempting fate too much.
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Sunday, November 22
Wednesday, November 18
Tuesday, November 17
This year instead of leaving all the dahlias planted in the ground, most have been dug and placed in a heap. The tubers have been covered with straw to hopefully keep the frost out. A large sheet of black polythene covers the whole thing. This not only keeps out the rain but helps increase the temperature underneath. Click here for more.
Beetroot have also been dug and placed in between the rows of carrots which will be left in the ground until required. Like the dahlia tubers, these have been covered with straw. The environmesh that has protected the carrots from carrot fly has been left in place. We have stored carrots in this way for a few years now and it seems to work really well, however it is a first for the beetroot. Click here for more information.
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Monday, November 16
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Sunday, November 15
Wednesday, November 11
Tuesday, November 10
A new month and it seems like an entirely different country. Autumn now seems to be heading inexorably towards winter as posts in our weather blog show.
It was really just a flying visit to the plot to harvest a few vegetables and make sure plants in the greenhouse had sufficient water. We didn’t even stop for coffee which must have been a first. There is still a bit of weeding that needs to be done but the pull to be outside wasn’t as strong this week.
Monday, November 9
Today after a week away from the plot we spent the afternoon there and I now have a puzzle to solve which is where the fungi expert would come in.
I took a photo of some fungi growing in the grass - it's just the sort of thing I tend to do. About a couple of hours later I noticed that the 'umbrellas' had changed colour and had a bluish tinge. Maybe a sign that if you eat one in a couple of hours your will be very ill or worse.
Can anyone solve the mystery for me and identify the chameleon fungi pictured below. The before is at the top and the after is underneath!
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Sunday, November 8
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And I haven't even mentioned the dreaded C word!!!
Saturday, November 7
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Monday, November 2
We still haven’t had a frost to either sweeten the parsnips or knock back the dahlias so this week half of the dahlias have been cut down and removed along with the ornamental gourds that were growing amongst them. The gourds have been very prolific with some looking exactly like an edible squash variety but we won’t be risking eating any. Dahlia tops have been piled on the compost heap but the question now is what to do with several dozen ornamental gourds?
To read the complete entry for the last week in our October diary click here
To read about how the weather has affected us this week visit our new weather blog here