Saturday, December 13, 2008

Bedding down and gathering the final harvest

Saturday 13th December

Rising late to the sound of high winds blowing from the south.
Our flag..................

......is at full stretch.
I'm going to clear out the plots and bed them down for the winter so I wont be posting every weekend as usual but will be updating from time to time.
I'm saying this because I don't want either of the two people who read this blog to worry about me when I don't put a new post up :-)

I ask Alvin and Wilson if they'd care to accompany me in my gardening efforts.................

........but they politely decline.
Tommy Ticklemouse, Man of Mystery (or Mousetery)...............

.........is always up for a spell outside.
On the way we pass the selected rhubarb patch for 2009........................

.........which I never got prepared.
I pull up the only cauliflower that I have managed to grow...........

and take it in to the kitchen.
Then all the plots get a thorough mulching.

Plots 3 and 4

Plot 5 gets an extra deep cover as I know that there are at least 2 toads wintering it out in there. I must be careful next season when I come to dig it over.

Plot 6 has been the home of my most successful tomato crop yet but next year I will be growing something different in here. What that will be is yet to be decided on.

I've left the Brussel Sprouts growing in Plot 2.................
......but I doubt that anything will come of them as they were severly attacked by catapillers and grasshoppers from the start.
The onions in Plot 1.........................
.......should hopefully survive the winter.
The garlic may be another matter but it's all a learning curve.
Temperatures are due to fall dramatically on Sunday and Monday, highs of 20F (-6C) are being mentioned. Not good for the happy gardener but all I can do is make sure that the few remaining plants I have are protected to the best of my ability.

Late afternoon skies of beauty and wonder.
Time to go indoors and decide what to do................

..............................with my poor lonesome Cauliflower.
If anyone out there has any recipes.................................

5 comments:

Dan said...

That cauliflower is the same size as my broccoli heads :-)

Those brussels sprouts may make it through the winter and produce sprouts in the spring. I wrapped mine in row cover in hopes they will make it through the winter. I have read with either protection or a good snow cover they should make it through the winter.

Mick said...

Thanks Dan :-)

I had to take the covers off the sprouts, those Okie winds almost blew them away. But as soon as things settle down I'll be replacing them.
At the moment they do have a light snow covering.

I'm going for the BT solution next year so if you have any recommendations of which is the best type and/or a good online supplier I'd be grateful if you'd share it with me.

Thanks for calling in

Mick.

Phoebe said...

That cauliflower is so cute :) lol

Mick said...

Hello Phoebe

Yes, a hearty meal for two.

Two caterpillers, perhaps. :-)

Thanks for calling in.

Dan said...

Mick - You can purchase BT from www.veseys.com The product they carry is called 'BTK'. You should also be about to find it at most home centers if you ask around.

Happy Holidays.