Saturday, 14 November 2015

Haddock's; late autumn 2015.



I've now reduced the size of the growing area at Haddock's. Although smaller, I am convinced that I can make it more productive.

The small opening is for my Rotavator. I should be able to cope with weeds a bit easier too.


At the moment we have just 3 edibles; Curly Kale, Calabrese (very soon), and Swiss Chard. There are some Sprouts in, but they're for a bit later.


The surrounding anti-Deer fencing now has vines all the way round. Next year should see several hundred bunches of non-eating, decorative, juice-making, grapes, I hope the horses like grapes!

Whilst on the subject; I've just bought a single grafted Black Hamburgh grape vine. I'll find a home for it at Haddock's, and expect a good crop of delicious pukka grapes in the near future.




53 comments:

  1. A post about Haddocks this morning is a joy to read Cro.x

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  2. Oh Cro....I cry for Paris. I'm so sorry this is happening.

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    1. It's like a horror story..... No, it is a horror story.

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    2. We have been glued to the TV all day. To think we were just around the corner 4 weeks ago. Just awful !

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    1. Maybe this will make people think of what you suffer in Israel on almost a daily basis, and yet there are still people out there who support these horrific Arab Terrorist Groups.

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    2. Stop always comparing with Israel, you just lack dignity in this moment.Terrorist Group yes that's what they are but not all Arabs , so don't mix up things.

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    3. You really must re-read things. Nowhere have I said 'all Arabs', I was talking about the constant attack on Israel, which they suffer on a daily basis. Don't try to stir-up hatred where it doesn't exist.

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    4. You should not comment at all "mia more".

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    5. I am afraid to say thank you Cro for being with the few who realy understand what is happening, last time i did it the trolls spoted your blog and started the trollying odyssey.
      I like the Haddock.

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  4. Me no understand getting another grape vine - I thought most of yours ended up on the compost heap!

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    1. This one is a pukka eating grape, the others are decorative 'root stock' vines.

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  5. What horrific news.
    This morning it's a comfort to read your plans for Haddocks and to know that normal life must still go on.

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    1. That's why I posted this today. I was so depressed at hearing the awful news, that I tried to think of more calming things.

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  6. So sad for all the families of the dead, and the injured . Can any of us feel safe anywhere?

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  7. Please don't let this post get into a torrent of argument and abuse. Deal with.

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    1. You know who has already started the ball rolling.

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    2. No Mr. Cro , you should start to be a bit more honest. It's boring to be convinced that you are always right.

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    3. Always right about my vegetable garden? Or are you trying to turn my blog into a political forum?

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  8. The world weeps, Cro. :(

    The now iconic peace symbol incorporating the Eiffel Tower is everywhere on the internet. I and many others have substituted it as their profile photos on Facebook and such. A small show of respect for those who died.

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    1. Yes, I've seen it a lot this morning.

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  9. I am thinking of you all up there.

    A small garden you can manage is definitely better than a big overgrown one that you can't bring yourself to start on. works for me anyway. you should be able ot get a surprisingly large amount from that size of garden. I do from a smaller one. I should really consider adding an edible grape to the tiny-graped one we have that just feed the birds and grow mildew. Mind you, I do love to watch the little birds hop about in it when they are ripe.

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    1. I agree with you; a small better managed area can be more productive, I'm sure.

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  10. Haddocks looks very manageable and well-tended. Being in the other hemisphere, I've been busy today putting in tomatoes, eggplants, zucchini, cucumbers and the like. I can't wait for the harvest! As always, I have far too many seedlings so I'm potting them up to sell at work as a fundraiser to buy a goat for a village or whatever. I can't bear to see them go to waste.

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    1. Great idea; we always have to many seedlings too, which usually get thrown away.

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  11. We wait until a frost before harvesting sprouts,

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    1. I put these in in September, I've no idea when (or if) they'll have any sprouts. We'll see.

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  12. Agree with Marlene about sprouts and frosts.
    Like that very grand fencing around Haddocks.

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    1. I'm a tidy sort of person; although others would say I'm the opposite.

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  13. Organisation and efficiency Cro ..... for someone who thought he did nothing the other day, you're pretty busy and productive !!!!
    Was up all night myself ..... thinking of everyone in France. XXXX

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    1. I like to keep busy. It's why I do this daily blog; if I have a few seconds free, I come back and write comments. xxxx

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  14. Thoughts are with you all in France. Thanks for a post about your garden. Much appreciated
    Arilx

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    1. Thank you Aril; the whole country is in mourning.

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  15. Cro, you were my first thought as soon as I heard the dreadful news. I'm glad you're safe. And a post about Haddock's is just the thing for a day like today---a reminder that life will go on and flourish despite the depravity of a few twisted individuals.

    Take care, and try to tear yourself away from the news from time to time. We all have our limit for how much tragic news we can/should try to process.

    xxo

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    1. I had my full dose of the news throughout the night, I'm now trying to understand it all; which of course I can't.

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  16. A good post about life after the horror of last night. As your countrymen sang your national anthem, so did we. The world cried last night.

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    1. We went for a long walk this morning with the horror in our minds; a strange experience when one lives out in the perfect peace of the countryside.

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  17. Thinking of you and all those who live in the beautiful country that you have adopted.

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    1. Our thoughts are the same. Thank you.

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  18. I can see that your kale has already been feeding you a while. Fine looking garden. Best wishes for your deer fence--they're our biggest gardening problem here.

    It is nice to see a post from France this morning celebrating life and the goodness of the earth. Deepest sympathies on this sad morning. Blessings and peace...

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    1. Hi Bill. Our Kale is particularly good this year; no bugs whatsoever, and totally delicious. It's been the perfect crop. Thanks for your kind thoughts.

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  19. UNSAFE
    ~ Avocado
    ~ Onions
    ~ Potatoes
    ~ Persimmons
    ~ Rhubarb
    ~ Tomatoes
    ~ Any other members of the nightshade family which includes peppers
    ~ Broccoli or Cauliflower (may cause gas, which in turn may cause gas colic)
    Donecha love the internet?
    Thinking of you and all of Paris during this nightmare of inhumanity. Peace!

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    1. I ate my first pukka Persimmon about two days ago; previously I'd only eaten the ones that grow locally and are left to rot. It was really delicious, I was pleasantly surprised. A bit like a less flavoursome Mango. Why had no-one told me this?

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  20. You, your blog, Paris, and your adopted countrymen and women are all in my thoughts and close to my heart right now.

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    1. The families of those killed, and those injured, are certainly in our thoughts too. It seems like one big nightmare at the moment.

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  21. Haddock's is a fine garden Cro. Like Candide, tend your garden.

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  22. Having a look at your new garden arrangements, the vegetables that are already flourishing is a very welcome sight after hours spent watching tv news from Paris last night. What horrors.

    Of course, we New Yorkers still bear scars from certain local horrors, yet manage to keep enjoying the spirit of the city. I believe that Paris will also be able to hold on to its own beauty. Yes, it will be different, but possible to go forward.

    Best wishes to you and yours.

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    1. Your horrors were considerably more dramatic, and the deaths greater in number, but somehow for us in Europe the Paris killings are on the same level. The twin towers and Paris will sit side by side in the world's book of atrocities.

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