Posts Tagged ‘Harvest’

I have been meaning for ages to post some photo’s from the last season, with the recent chilly weather, this couldn’t have come at a better time to post!

Thing’s that I have been up to regarding preperations for the upcoming season both in the garden as well as on the allotment include Fruit tree grafting (attaching other varieties of Apple for example onto an existing tree making the tree dual / tri fruiting). Digging and maintaining Bean trenches (I will be sure to create a post on this in the future), planting loads of Garlic, Developing Two (2) yes, T W O new Hugelkultur (Hugel Mounds) that are reasonably sized and now I can say that I have good experience with Hugel Beds after creating four over the last 3 or so years.

This last summer wealded a big increase in dry bean production, I like to grow runner beans both for fresh pods but also for the dry beans, some people may say that this is impossible in the UK climate, I say don’t listen to them! It is possible with certain varieties …

The harvest photo is of the best single harvest I had during the whole summer, unfortunately I got Tomato blight so my ‘Purple Ukraine’ variety suffered before they were ready to harvest 😦

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All Organic Permaculture Allotment Harvest 2017

I also, at some point during the hectic busy summer I had, managed to go around counting the amount of Perennials I have on site. Including tubers which re-sprout if you leave one in the planting space, I counted 22 species and this excludes the fruit bushes I have waiting planting! The compost bins have had a good part of my attention as I would really like to completely become self sufficient in terms of compost either by Summer this year or next Spring, this has included turning regularly and continual adding of some fresh greens to keep the worms fed, a compost bin can do with additional insulation this time of year and I highly recommend a black bin liner placed over the opening before putting the lid back on, this seals the heat in.

Finally,a large section that was overgrown with bind weed was lasagne / sheet mulched in preperation for a dedicated berry / fruit area.

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This is article #1 on Beneficial Plants, in this part we are bringing to you, the Wild Teasel ( Dipsacus fullonum ).

Wild Teasel Beneficial Plant in flower

There are quite a few benefits to including this plant in your system not only for you and your garden but also for wildlife! They are:

  1. Very Deep rooting ( Said to be as deep as 3 Feet! .. helping to cycle nutrients from lower levels of the soil structure ),
  2. Self Seeding ( Biennial Herbaceous plant, it will complete its lifecycle after two years but the seeds that drop will keep some plants going after the mother plant dies ),
  3. Water source for bees & other pollinators ( water and dew collects in the receptacles where the leaves are attached to the stem, bees use this as a water source ),
  4. Important food source for Birds ( Gold Finches use the dried seeds as an important Autumn and Winter food source),
  5. Good for pollinators and Attractive ( Nice Lavender / violet-ish coloured flower heads look good as well as serve the bees etc. )

Wild Teasel Dried Mature Flower head

Harvesting seeds from wild plants is quite easy, but bring Gloves!! All you do is cut or snap off a few dried flower heads and place them somewhere they can dry out for a week or so, once dry you just tap the heads into a container and watch allthe seeds fall out. This can be done early Autumn, seeds can also be bought online.