2X The Harvest In The Garden (Successional planting and Interplanting)

2X The Harvest In The Garden (Successional planting and Interplanting)



Hello I'm Liz Zorab and this is Byther Farm
and it's that time of year where everything is changing. Lots the crops
that we put in either last autumn or in early spring are now ready to be
harvested or indeed have been harvested. And the next round of crops are going in
ready for the autumn and the winter, but there's also still a bit of time this
summer for the fast growing crops to have a second load of those and indeed,
some of them, its a third load of those going in. Until two days ago this bed had
broad beans in it. I've harvested all the broad beans. I haven't lifted the plants, I've
cut them off so there are, the stems are still in here. And I'm not doing this to
try and let them regrow but there are nitrogen fixing nodules on the bean
roots, and I want to leave those in the soil to allow the next lot of plants
going in to have access to that nitrogen. So in here I have popped in a
two inch layer of compost on top of what was there.
I haven't dug it over, I literally hand pulled the weeds that were in it, so it
is about two inchesm an inch and a half to two inches of compost have gone on. And
I've planted in young romaine lettuces, five rows of those and then interspersed
with some swedes, which I think elsewhere are also called rutabaga. Rutabaga? I'm
not quite sure how you say it, anyway it's that. Because these lettuces will be
out in just a matter of weeks which will leave more space for the swedes to
develop over the next few months. And at the very front here I've popped in two skirret plants. These are the ones that are part of my perennial vegetable
collection and I'm really looking forward to trying these in a couple of
years time. In this bed we had Calabrese most of which I've now
harvested. I'm leaving in there in case it wants to
send out any more small flower shoots for us to be able to eat, but it won't be
in there very long. And I've interplanted that with some squashes. Now the squashes
are not as yet doing very well at all and it might be that only to take those
ones out and put in some slightly bigger plants that are raring to go because
these seem to be really struggling. I've talked to lots of other gardeners and
there a lot of them are saying the same thing and the squashes are very slow to
get going this year. That could just be about it having been
cooler and then it's been very hot and dry, I don't know what it is, but I'm
hoping they'll catch up. At the front here I've got to courgettes and these are a
variety called Goldrush. They're doing really well. They're very happy
here and despite my panic to start with that their leaves were yellowing, it's
actually part of the the thing that happens with this variety is that the
leaves can be yellow and I think that reflects the fact that the actual courgettes are yellow too. I'm really pleased with how this sweet corn is doing
they're saying I think in America about knee high by the fourth of July. Well there
were a couple that aren't knee-high but the rest we're doing really well. I think
this year I might have got the spacing right with these. There's a foot and a
half or so between the rows and I've given them about 15 inches between each
plant in the row. So they're bit more spaced out than I've done them in the
past and I think that is reflected in how well they're doing. They're planted
with some French beans and a couple of weeks ago I recorded the following. One of the things that I really like that I really like about gardening is that no matter how much you
garden, there's always something new to learn. And after 40 years of being out
here and growing I still learn new things every single day. This week
my biggest revelation has been about French beans. I was watching a video by Charles Dowding about his new polytunnel and one of the
comments he made was about French beans, that when you plant them out, if it's too
cold, they just sit and don't do anything, don't grow because they can't access the
nitrogen in the soil and so they sit in a sort of sulky heap. And it got me
thinking about the beans that I planted just here. The ducks are being very noisy
today. Which have indeed done just that. I planted them out and some of them have just
sat in a sort of stagnant stasis, not really doing anything at all.
I couldn't work out why but others have done okay and they've started growing and
they're looking quite healthy. What Charles said makes perfect sense because
some of those beans and I surrounded them with some duck bedding when I
cleaned out the ducks. I put the bedding down there to try
and reduce the number of slugs and snails that will get to the beans because
they're not hugely keen on crossing that bedding they will cross it but it's not
their favorite thing to do. And the ones with the bedding around it and therefore
with a duck poop are doing ok, they're looking pretty green and healthy and the
ones that didn't have any bedding are looking small and yellow and a bit sad really.
So yesterday I cleaned out the duck enclosure again and have brought all of
that over and now mulched all around the beans with the duck bedding and poop, in
the hope that that will help those beans to really get going. I'm really pleased
now they've all greened up again, they are looking good, they're starting
to produce beans, it's exactly what I wanted. And again
squashws in the center here are struggling and I still don't know
whether that's about not enough water or just the temperatures. We'll play it by
ear, I'm getting plenty of flowers but not a huge amount of leaf growth. This bed had
onion sets and carrot seeds sown in it and I've now harvested all of the onions.
I'm really pleased, there are an awful lot of onions that are a very decent
size. They are bigger than a tennis ball I'm really pleased with them. There are a
few that are slightly smaller but in other years I would have been really
happy with these. So I think I can only say I'm very pleased with the onion
harvest. And I'm slowly letting these dry out a bit, cutting the leaves off the
end of it and then resting them on racks, upside down like this to dry out, so I
can put them into long strings or braid them and store them for the year. Which means that I have spaces in this bed and I've already started filling those. I've
got alternate rows of beetroots and turnip, and just as I did with the
swede and lettuce there, and the beet roots will be allowed to develop a
bit more, the turnips will grow more rapidly
I think – judging by how the others have done in the garden. The
turnips will be out and then the beetroot at a later date. So I've still got
plenty of space here to to fill up with other plants. And
I will just be, I will be sowing more seeds into modules over the next few
days. Just here, is a volunteer, it's a self
sown courgette or pumpkin of some sorts. I have no idea what it is, but I've let
it grow and it will be interesting to see what that's like. The carrots are doing
ok, it's been a good year for the carrots. I'm very happy this is probably the
largest carrots I've lifted so far. I think this will be going with my lunch
today, I don't really like carrots when they've got this big, I like them younger
and more tender, but I'm happy with that. Just on a note,
I don't usually lift carrots in the morning because obviously the smell of
carrots is then in the air for the whole day for carrot root fly to come along
and smell it and find the carrots. So I try and lift those either late
afternoon or even better, early evening. And behind me here, well this bed had the
garlic in it and then I planted some Greek gigantes beans to go up the poles.
They're really doing well, they have very much found the poles and are climbing
nicely and I'm slowly taking out the rest of the garlic and that was Germidour and Messidrome and I'm really pleased with both of those. We've had a
nice, a nice harvest of those. But the soil in this bed is really not very good, it's still very clayey It really could do with a whole load of
organic matter in it. So when I next empty the compost bin and that will all
will be going on to this bed. It could really do with a good two or
three inches, if not more. I'll just hoe the weeds in a chop and
drop, give it a good water, a really good water and then get the mulch on top of
it and, hopefully, over the next few months the worms will do their thing and
improve this soil.

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28 thoughts on “2X The Harvest In The Garden (Successional planting and Interplanting)

  1. Here in mid winter NZ I have a climbing bean that self germinated a couple of months ago. So far our winter her in Auckland has been pretty mild and this bean is now flowering, not the most vigorous of plants but I ( in 50 years of gardening) have never had this happen I don't know if the beans will come to anything but as we have behaves and the bees are still out and about, maybe

  2. I've struggled with squash this year, too–out of the first lot sown in April, only 3 survived. The rest died after planting out (they were hardened off and looked great). BUT I resowed some at the beginning of June and some just two weeks ago, and all are doing well. Similarly, my outdoor cucumbers did nothing for about 6 weeks and then took off like mad as soon as it warmed up.

  3. Liz, I know from experience that the cleanings from the duck house are wonderful on gardens! You may get some weeds later on, but duck poop is a wonderful fertilizer. Unlike chicken poop, which must be rotted for years, duck house cleanings can go directly into your beds. A win/win situation as you don't need to compost it and it will help keep the weeds down for a while and at the same time it will feed your plants. Thanks for sharing.

  4. Your garden is so very nice. We had so much rain in spring we were unable to plant. Or we did plant and there was just to much rain. So are garden is not doing well. Have a wonderful day.

  5. I direct sowed courgette and cucumber this year in about May and none of them came up. I thought it was because rabbits got in and dug stuff up. We had a tiny bit of rain last evening and today some have come up literally overnight. Guess curcubits generally have their own timetable.

  6. it took me two attempts to get some sweetcorn growing, liz. i think they might have reached knee high.( im not going to test them by standing in the bed. lol ). climbing french beans have one last chance. i have some ready to go out…………………..brian

  7. Oh your garden is Devine. Here in Chicagoland I have had my struggles with the weather….so much rain ☔️ through spring and June. Now we are hitting 80-90’s (not sure what that is in UK) and sunny ☀️…..so lots taking off. Beans flowering now finally, garlic harvest in the next couple weeks and my 3 varieties of kale are the champions for sure. Okra, cucamelons and celeriac are my new veg for this year…..always in a state of experimentation LOL. You are inspiring me to try Swede/rutabaga next!!!! Love ❤️ your vlogs.

  8. Hi liz.. great video..great garden.. you have the US saying correct..knee high by July..this is my first year growing corn. It's a pretty fun plant to grow.

  9. same problem here with the squashes and marrows. We are always a few weeks behind you, but this year it's even more. It's only in the past week that things are taking off. Drama in the kitchen garden though, my chives are down with rust. I wonder if I can get away with trimming it back to the soil. I was hoping to save the seeds . The hedgerows are popping with bearberries,raspberries,strawberries and currants. There's this boreen near me that has abandoned homes and the fruit shrubs survived, despite not having been looked after for more than a century, so each walk is a harvest

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