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Dec 11 2008

Posted By: Paul 08/05/2009 07:06:00

The quietest time of year in the garden is up on us, and whilst I scan through the brochures and seed catalogues with my feet toasting in front of the fire, the madness of June seems a lifetime away. Which in some respects, it is.

Now is the time of year to remind yourself of the problems caused by plants because they spread too far, or they failed completely due to pests and diseases, and revise your plans for your garden for next year.

My plans for next year include building a lean-to greenhouse on the south facing wall of the house, as the current one is far too small. This will mean I can grow more Peppers, Aubergines and Tomatoes. I am also going to reduce the numbers of varieties I sow and concentrate on pest and disease resistant crops to increase the yields. Over the past couple of years I have tried some of the more exotic varieties of vegetables and neglected the standards ones so I think it would be a good plan to follow a 'Back-to-Basics' approach this year.

I am also, hopefully, going to get an additional allotment which I will use for soft fruit bushes. Like most places in the country the allotments space is hard to come by, but we have just voted to take over the running of the allotments from the Parish Council and hopefully this will mean we can allocate more space.

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