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December 31, 2015

With rain on and off for most of the week, and more forecast for next, a speedy gardening project was needed. So a neat little box from the Christmas clementines was commandeered and filled with fresh compost.  Dried peas were scattered over the surface and more compost added to cover. It may provoke a change in the warm weather but if it remains mild then green pea shoots should be ready for picking in a week or two.DSCN6005

Whilst I was out there and dressed for the weather I started off the Sutton Dwarf broad beans.  These are good for exposed sites and require no staking. The plants can be added to by sowing directly in the ground in rows in March every two weeks.


Rainbow chard is still looking good and I am determined to prevent any flowers forming by nipping them out in the centre of the plant as soon as they start to form. The same should be done with Swiss chard and then both these plants can be considered perennials and will produce leaves for up to three years.


There’s very little in flower but two rosebuds from the recently planted Bourbon rose Madame Isaac Pereire appeared and were added to a vase of prostrate Rosemary in full bloom and pineapple sage flowers and leaves.


10 Comments leave one →
  1. December 31, 2015 11:53 am

    How very brave of you to tackle the elements! I’m going to consider those broad beans for the “Allotment” and a great idea of pea shoots.

  2. December 31, 2015 12:23 pm

    Both are very easy and a good start to the growing season.

  3. January 1, 2016 9:57 am

    Yes, what a great idea with the peas. Fresh pea tops sounds so delicious that I must try some. Happy New Year.

  4. Winterbourne House and Garden permalink
    January 3, 2016 8:24 pm

    We also have Roses still throwing out sporadic flowers. I wonder who will be more shocked when winter finally arrives – the roses or the gardeners!

    • January 4, 2016 8:46 am

      I spotted two more rose buds on my new Darcey Bussell shrub rose yesterday. Also spied emerging flowers on the Clematis armandii but at least that’s used to a winter flowering.

  5. Lucy moore permalink
    January 3, 2016 8:41 pm

    I can vouch for the pea tops, quite delicious.

  6. January 4, 2016 2:25 pm

    I’ve given up relying on the weather forecast – days that are forecast dry usually end up with a few showers and grey days have recently changed to give us warm sunshine! Well, thank goodness for that as I still have a few bulbs to plant (rolls eyes) while last year’s daffs and bluebells are definitely breaking through. I’m rather hoping we won’t have frost now as it would be a disaster for the garden – and on that note, I think I’ll go and copy your idea of sowing broad beans! Happy New Year, Sue!

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