Friday, February 15, 2008

Perennial fruit and vegetables

This year I'm planning to put in some asparagus, so I have ordered 10 crowns. LAst summer the artichokes did great at the front of the house, so this year, I'm moving them to for a kind of ersatz fenze aqt the fromt, and moving the asparagus to the bed at the side where the artichokes were.

I have divided the artichokes, and now have about 30, so I'll have to give some away! We have repurposed the fence that blew down last winter, and have made the surrounds for some raised beds in which to plant the asparagus and artichokes.

The asparagus prefer the opposite soil to what we have here, so I'm hoping we can improve it sufficiently to make them happy here. Will have to try to find some sand suitable for the garden - don't think the play sand from the sand pit will work , but then again, perhaps it would do...

We continue to collect coffee grounds for muclhing the blueberries - keeping things a bit acid, in addition to using some acidic compost when planting.

Additionally we ordered raspberries, blueberries, rhubarb, josterberries, Japanese wineberry, redcurrents, and they are going in against the north facing wall. Some of these will also go to the school, along with an apple tree that will grow in a planter until we have permanent quarters.

Fruit and asparagus were ordered from English’s Nurseries Raheenduff, Adamstown, Enniscorthy, Co. Wexford 054-40504/40984 - great prices, delivered to the door, and very healthy plants.

Update Spring '09 - the new number is 053 9240504. Paddy and Brigid delighted to hear from you at any time.


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