1 Nov 2016

Gardening update: October

Hello everyone! My gardening report for the end of October will be short.  Everything tender has been brought into the covered yard now. In the vegetable raised beds there are broccoli plants, cabbages, leeks and parsnips. The tomatoes have been gathered, eaten or bottled. We've left the sweet peppers in the covered yard on the plants for now. Husband bottled some sweet peppers in olive oil - the first time we've tried this method of preserving them. We've had some French beans from the new plant that was growing in the covered yard and now the plant will be cleared out and the planter will be used to grow daffodils.  The garlic bulbs have been lifted, dried and stored. You might be surprised to know that we're not great lovers of garlic, but my husband grows some enough for our needs. I'm sure there are many other aspects to gardening at this time of the year which I haven't mentioned.


The last week of October (above)


Today 1st November - Suddenly the leaves on the fig tree have yellowed and started dropping over night. There are many figs still on the tree that haven't matured. They'll never ripen now, but earlier on we enjoyed the ones that did.




We went to the local garden centre nursery some time ago and bought seeds and bulbs.  They were more expensive than regular high street stores, but there was a good selection. I bought some tulips and a few hyacinths which I hope to give as gifts at Christmas, although I'm behind with planting them. More daffodils and tulips were bought at  the local Wilko shop and these have also been planted along with some that were lifted and stored at the end of the growing season earlier in the year.  It'll be interesting to see how they all do next year. I'm savouring this season and each day as it unfolds.
I shall be back tomorrow as I want to participate in Riitta's Flower Wednesday linkup. Meanwhile I wish you a good day as we begin a new month.
    

24 comments:

  1. I've also moved my more tender plants, they're safely tucked up in the greenhouse now, though I usually do this job earlier than the end of October, it's been so mild so far this autumn. Your garden should be a riot of colour in spring with all those colourful bulbs.

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    1. It has been unusually mild. It's good to have the facility of the covered yard to grow plants and store others over the colder months. It feels good to get tasks done and the garden sorted out as the weather changes.

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  2. as this year garden ends you prepare for next year. my daddy fed us with his gardens and he did the same thing. no flowers for him, he only planted food. mother sneaked a few flowers in though. your garden is lovely in brilliant green and when the leaves are falling.

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    1. As I've mentioned before, Mr. P. also likes tending his vegetables, but is open to growing the flowers and shrubs that I like to have in the garden.

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  3. Love your garden snippets♥

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    1. Hello Summer. I'm glad you enjoyed the garden update.

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  4. Your Spring garden is going to look stunning. I noticed that you have some parrot tulip bulbs - I am on the hunt for some too, but so far they are eluding me.

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    1. I hope you find some parrot tulips, Rosemary. We have two independent garden centres five minutes drive from our home. I could have chosen and purchased many more bulbs than I eventually did!

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  5. You have a lovely garden Linda and all those extra bulbs you have planted will be a joy to see through next year. We moved the geraniums and fuchsias to the greehouse today and put the garden furniture in storage with it being plastic it blows about in windy weather. Lots of leaves falling off our tulip tree now which will need raking up soon:)

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    1. If I remember rightly you have quite a big garden with lots of mature trees. It's good to get end of the season garden jobs done sooner rather than later and tender plants protected from frost etc. Even though we've had some mild weather for the time of year it cannot last much longer. It has certainly been windier and colder today. We need to get tidied up now as we shall be busy doing other things in November.

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  6. Its been such a mild October, that we have been a little lapse in preparing for the colder months. I still have a few jobs to tackle that I seem to keep putting off. I am trying a few bulbs from Wilco this time as they were significantly cheaper. Take care.

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    1. I've not bought bulbs from Wilko before. I'm looking forward to seeing how they do. I've heard that we're in for frost tonight where we live.

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  7. We had such a mild and sunny October, nevertheless the last few days I've collected all my tender plants in the greenhouse and planted tulips for spring. Better doing these things now the weather is still good than waiting till it's freezing cold and wet. Only the Dahlias are still in the ground they are still blooming so pretty. You bought some beautiful tulip varieties and daffodils, the garden will be full of promisses for spring!

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    1. I'm sure your garden will look beautiful in the Springtime. We still have roses blooming in the front and back gardens and they'll continue well into December as the hedges and the walls give shelter to them.

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  8. Happy November! I have so much to learn about container gardens. I really want to grow more than just tomatoes. With cooler weather coming, it is our growing season here so I need to get on it.

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    1. Thank you Tammy. Happy November to you too! I should imagine growing vegetables in pots, containers or raised beds (if you have room) would be good for you so long as you have enough water to keep them happy. I look forward to seeing what you grow this season.

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  9. I have a friend who's allergic to garlic and was very nervous about it when she recently traveled to Italy for 3 weeks. She was surprised to only have one dish the entire time that had to be altered for her; otherwise she said nothing had garlic. Has that been your experience?

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    1. I wouldn't like to generalise. My husband's family are good home cooks, as is Mr. P. We owned a pizzeria at one time when we lived in Italy and made everything from scratch. I grew vegetables for the toppings. In our opinion garlic should be used crushed and used sparingly (1/2 cloves from the bulb) just to flavour food not added to food in lumps, although roast meats might have slivers of it which should melt in the juices. Each region will be different in its style of cooking and I should imagine southern regions might be heavier on using garlic. It's always best to ask when ordering a dish in a restaurant if allergic to something especially when it comes to products that are supposed to flavour sauces etc. I trust your friend had a good time in Italy.

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  10. Thank you Linda for the pretty pink gerberas. You have it still green- it's snowing here!! Enjoy your day!

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    1. Thank you Riitta. I'm always happy to join in Flower Wednesday when I can. Thank you for the linkup you organise so that we can enjoy flowers from the different parts of our beautiful world.

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  11. Our garlic is also lifted and some crocus planted. I also have planted a few chrysanthemums too. Oh what fun, the season of the garden. Now for rest.

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    1. It's always a joy to see the bulbs planted in autumn shooting up and flowering in the Springtime. I hope you had a good rest after doing some work in the garden.

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  12. Your garden has done so well thanks to your lovely husbands and your work! It still looks really great doesn't it even so late in the year. I hope that November will still be good in the garden for you too.

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    1. The credit goes to my husband when it comes to growing plants and creating a pleasant garden space. His muscle and joint problems have flared up. The colder, damp weather doesn't help. I'm hoping the pain eases for him as we need to be busy and active at the moment.

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