Author Topic: Gardener's Yearbook  (Read 1626 times)

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Gardener's Yearbook
« on: January 05, 2009, 10:15:59 am »
I'd love to be more gardeny, but I keep missing the boat: "oh, you could have grown some of X if you'd planted them a month ago", etc etc.  This year's triumph was a round of cherry tomatoes so late they never made it past green. 

What I need is a yearbook: something that says "Early January: dig over beds, plant early-season potatoes, cut back dead stuff on herbs" and so on throughout the year.

Any recommendations?
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Re: Gardener's Yearbook
« Reply #2 on: January 05, 2009, 10:24:15 am »
There's quite a lot on-line. I can't find the one I used to use before I resorted to buying some books.

Here's a one I found earlier: http://goatstownallotment.com/calendar.aspx

Just becareful when googling you find a calendar suitable for the northern hemi-sphere/Europe.
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Re: Gardener's Yearbook
« Reply #3 on: January 05, 2009, 10:25:59 am »
I think Carol Klein's done one, and I find her prose easier to read.

I have a Geoff Hamilton Organic Gardening book, which has a section at the back which is helpful for planning.  But the best I have is a Readers Digest book from, I guess, the seventies (Good Life, and all that).  Loaned to me by a friend I lost touch with, I'm afraid to say :(
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Re: Gardener's Yearbook
« Reply #4 on: January 05, 2009, 11:00:37 am »

Just becareful when googling you find a calendar suitable for the northern hemi-sphere/Europe.

There is also a hell of a difference between Andy's location and mine in terms of when is appropriate to plant stuff out. (note to self, clear greenhouse and use it properly this year).

January - get warm and virtuous clearing weeds and such like.

What I discovered very rapidly was that the hungriest time of the year in the garden is April/May. Everything is planted but not grown enough to eat, and all the stored food from last year has gone.

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Re: Gardener's Yearbook
« Reply #5 on: January 05, 2009, 11:26:31 am »
I'm waiting for the ground to thaw (it's been like concrete for ten days now) so I can dig some compost and poo into the plots.

annie

Re: Gardener's Yearbook
« Reply #6 on: January 05, 2009, 11:26:59 am »
I'm waiting for the ground to thaw (it's been like concrete for ten days now) so I can dig some compost and poo into the plots.

Most of us prefer to use the toilet for that kind of thing :o

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Re: Gardener's Yearbook
« Reply #7 on: January 05, 2009, 11:28:54 am »
Perhaps he was never properly plotty trained.
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Re: Gardener's Yearbook
« Reply #8 on: January 05, 2009, 11:43:41 am »
Nowt wrong with a bit of poo.

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Re: Gardener's Yearbook
« Reply #9 on: January 05, 2009, 11:44:30 am »
It is Norfolk though  ;D

Re: Gardener's Yearbook
« Reply #10 on: January 05, 2009, 04:45:12 pm »
I'm waiting for the ground to thaw (it's been like concrete for ten days now) so I can dig some compost and poo into the plots.

the bits that I poo mulched last year are still quite diggable, the rest is like concrete through. 

and getting those parsnips out, hell's teeth, Hercules had it easy

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Re: Gardener's Yearbook
« Reply #11 on: January 05, 2009, 04:57:21 pm »
OK:

A-Z listing :

http://www.gardenaction.co.uk/fruit_veg_diary/veg_planner.asp - handy options to set your location in the UK

http://www.tonymaddocks.co.uk/planting_calendar.html

There's also the most excellent Allotments4All forum and wiki and stuff

http://www.allotments4all.co.uk/smf/index.php?page=9
 
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Re: Gardener's Yearbook
« Reply #12 on: January 06, 2009, 06:46:43 pm »
This lot could be right up your street Andy.

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