Sam’s Lottie update
Isn't this a lovely time of year? In fact, I like every time of year in the garden. What's great about this time is that the weeds and slugs have gone quiet and so have the crops, so I can tidy everything up. When the daylight goes (around 4pm now) I can choose what to grow next year and don't the seed catalogues look tempting? Give me a seed catalogue instead of porn any day. The new year is always going to be the one in which everything grows well and no disasters strike. On Lottie in 2010, I'll have 6 beds for my crop rotation instead of 4. So I can expand my brassica crop: brussels, sprouting broccoli, cabbages and swedes again, but also calabrese and cauliflowers. Those last 2 are new for me. When I was a teenager my father grew calabrese that got terrible Cabbage White damage and I'll never forget picking the caterpillars out of my dinner. But I have nets and I know how to use them. The other new crop this year is sweetcorn. I'm going for Minipop, whose cobs are supposed to be cut small and eaten whole. Fingers crossed that it'll work. I'm expanding my onions, leeks and peas because we want to eat more of them than I grew this year. I'm replacing All Green Bush courgette with Patty Pan squash because I have enough green courgettes in the freezer to last more than a year. There's also the underplanting to do around the fruit bushes, as discussed on an earlier thread, and there's some new ground to break in so I feel a potato crop coming on. Winston variety did well, so we'll grow that again.