Monday, March 05, 2007

Lottie Update (Pics taken 20th Feb)

As you can see from this view, I still haven't cut back the Asparagus. The chives are sprouting happily, though!

There is a lot of cutting back to do here as well. The bush in the centre is a blackcurrent, and I am planning to cut it right back this year and use it as a biennial. I have the transplanted bush from Ivan's which I hope will fruit this year ready for cutting down next and so on. I got this idea from Geoff Hamilton. He says it produces very large yields.

The garlic is still looking healthy under the chicken wire.

I think I should cut back all this foliage from the strawberries asap. Is this a good idea or not??? Advice gratefully welcomed.


Anonymous Allotment Lady said...

I cut mine back to give the new shoots a chance to grow. The frost does not usually affect them, and if it did they romp away again.

Looks like a really good breeding ground for slugs at the moment, sorry to say - and you could do with digging out the old parent plants that are two years old, and digging up the runners and replanting them - it will be worth it as you should get a bigger and better crop

Thursday, 08 March, 2007  
Blogger carletongardener said...

All the little sprouts look great! I tried asapragus once and failed miserably, though yours is inspiring me to try again. I enjoy seeing all of your garden structures and raised bed frames.

Thursday, 08 March, 2007  
Blogger Mike said...

I suppose looking at it I should do a bit of work on the strawbs. Thanks for the advice, AL:)

Good luck with the asparagus, CG (if I may call you that. It really is wonderful for that 6 weeks or so when you can eat it every day, more or less.

Thursday, 08 March, 2007  
Blogger Melanie Rimmer said...

I'm envious of all those paving flags. I am trying to define raised beds on our plot with reclaimed paving flags but goodness me, you need a lot. I'm too environmentally resposible (read "cheap") to buy any for the purpose, but it's hard work finding them otherwise.

Wednesday, 14 March, 2007  
Blogger Mike said...

These flags are old ones from my Mum & Dad's garden whichhave already been on the allotment a few years. I took them up to relay over groundcover but have rather put off getting round to it.
All the best, Mike

Tuesday, 20 March, 2007  

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