27 December 2016

 

 

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Perennial polyculture beds still frosty
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leaf beet (left) radish still growing (right)
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onions the greengrocer was throwing out (for sprouting) planted in summer and clearly pretty hardy!
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next year’s lamb’s lettuce
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one of two fruit trees that has not lost its’ leaves yet and still looks like it’s making new growth
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calendula and radish are still flowering
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frosty polycultures
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our new sitting out area
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turfs from the new patio area turned upside down on a polyculture bed

 

May to November in polycultures

May to July 2016

 

 

 

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Polyculture 1, May 2016
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Polycultures 2 to 4, May 2016
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View across garden, May 2016

June 2016

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Polyculture 2 June 2016
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Polyculture 2, beans just planted June 2016

July 2016

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Polyculture 1 across to 4, July 2016
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Polyculture 1 towards 4,July 2016

 

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Garlic chives, nasturtium, fennel and more polyculture 3, July 2016

August 2016

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Salsify seed head polyculture 2, August 2016
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Edge of polyculture 2, August 2016
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Polyculture 2, August 2016
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Polyculture 1, August 2016
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Polyculture 2, August 2016

September to November 2016

 

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Polyculture 4, September 2016
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Polyculture 2 – 4 October 2016
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Polyculture 1, November 2016

 

Summer’s gone …..

……. but there are still flowers and the promise of harvests yet to come.

 

 

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Calendula and radish flowers

 

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Toad flax coming to the end of its long season

 

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Daubenton’s kale, recovered from cabbage white caterpillar attack

 

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Yarrow

 

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Sunset apples are nearly ripe

 

The garden mellowing as August progresses

You can see that the year is drawing on, the garden maturing and mellowing.

 

 

 

 

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courgette, Jerusalem artichoke, fennel and flowers in polyculture 2
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Jerusalem artichoke and flowers in polyculture 2
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fennel and daubentons kale in polyculture 3
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herb and flower edge to polyculture 3
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herb and flower edge to polyculture 3
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oca and fennel in polyculture 3
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fennel and yarrow edge of polyculture 2
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skirret and onions, Jerusalem artichoke and fennel, polyculture 3
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yarrow
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fennel and nasturtium edge of polyculture 2
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nasturtium, onions, yarrow, courgette, edge of polyculture 2

 

Shrewsbury Flower Show 2016

It is time for Shrewsbury’s annual flower show this coming Friday and Saturday and I am representing the world of perennial vegetables.

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Edible Perennial Gardening – polyculture of perennial vegetables at Shrewsbury Flower Show August 2016

 

 

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cardoon and Jerusalem artichoke
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fennel and Jerusalem artichoke
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cardoon amidst other plants
DSCN5510 yacon with oca at base Sept
Yacon with oca at base
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Good King Henry
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Welsh onion
skirret in flower, apples behind July 2011 DSCN1796 0711
Skirret
DSCN2372 leaf beet oct 11
Leaf beet

 

 

 

1 August 2016

 

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polyculture 1
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polycultures 1 and 2 overlap
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polyculture 2
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polycultures 3 and 4
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fennel and Jerusalem artichoke
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Earth nut pea in flower

23 July 2016

 

 

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parsnip seed head
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first flower on the earth nut pea
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bergamot in flower
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salsify flower and seed head
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leaf chicory in flower

Tree onions

This is my best year ever for tree onions – in a new bed, deep rich soil and sunny.

 

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tree onion splitting at the base
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tree onion – bulbils at the top of the stem
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mighty tree onion sending up more shoots from the bulbils!

 

 

Summer Greens

By this time of year the greens are usually looking tired, however apart from a few nibbles they are still good enough to eat …. perhaps it’s all the rain we’ve had?

 

 

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Leaf beet

 

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Variegated Daubenton’s kale

 

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Daubenton’s kale

 

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Asturian kale