Starting afresh – Autumn to Spring plans

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OK, I admit the summer was a bit of a disaster in the garden for me. The incessantly changing weather was too much of a challenge for many of my crops. The lettuce bolted, the tomatoes suffered, and it all meant I lost my garden mojo.

However, I have to start afresh and look forward to next year. Some plans are already in place. I have planted my garlic from two of the best bulbs that I grew this year.

Garlic bulb var. Marco
One of my best garlic bulbs, var. Marco (autumn planting).

I selected the best cloves from these bulbs and planted them, an inch or so below the surface, in one of my raised beds. Just make sure when you are planting garlic that you dib a hole in the ground first. The flat or bottom end of the garlic can be damaged if you just push it in. This is where the roots will grow from.

Does anything grow in winter?

In short yes! I have some rainbow chard or Swiss chard which is still growing well despite daytime temperatures being in single figures (centigrade). My perpetual spinach is growing like mad, and I have many flowers still going for it!

I have many spring bulbs to plant in the coming weeks. They should really be in now, but Monty Don says he will be happy if they are in by Christmas, so there is no need to panic.

I have selected these bulbs to plant, and have already planted some snowdrops and wood anemones in the garden. A strip of land along the bottom of the garden by the fence has been sown with some cornfield annual wildflowers, and perennial wildflowers. The annuals will be like a protective crop to the perennials, which won’t come into their own until the following year (2021, wow, that seems so far away!) Next spring the cornfield annuals will put on a lovely display, I hope!

Soon it will be time to think about what other crops and flowers I want to grow. I have so many seeds I may not need to buy any more. Potatoes however, will be bought as fresh seed.

What are your plans for spring, have you grand plans, or just a couple of pots? Tell me!

Whatever you do, I hope it brings joy, do a little something every now and then and it will soon add up.

Take care during the winter and dream of spring!

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