Saturday, 18 November 2017

A bit kippered owing to smoky bonfire, as is usual at this time of year.  Worth it though as I got rid of quite a lot of stuff that has been lying around for ages.

The winter onions given to me by a friends have gone into bed 1, hopefully an area which hasn't been affected by white rot.

Bed 2. The annual ritual of planting the baby leeks, ie. trim the roots, make a hole, pop in the leek and,,,

fill the hole with water and hope it doesn't wash the leeks out of the hole again.

Bearing in mind that they may not turn out to be leeks. Well, some will, of course, because I got them from my own stock, but the others are a mystery yet to unfold.

Saturday, 4 November 2017

The little chrysanthemums are still flowering away, even though it's November.

Put my garlic in today, only 10 cloves but lovely fat ones - the biggest of last season's crop.

Only a few winter onions and the leeks to be planted before the real winter sets in.

A local sage declared that because we have experienced a few mild winters in recent years we are due for a lot of snow come December....
I don't know whether nature really works as logically as that.

Thursday, 26 October 2017

Deconstructing the support structures on the plot now.

It is very mild though, for almost November, there were still flowers on the outdoor tomato when I took it down. Come to that, it still had fruit on but it was so battered I didn't really fancy eating it.

I've put the giant pieces of cardboard onto one of the empty beds (after weeding out the dandelions and buttercups) and piled on top the spent compost from the potato boxes and the tomato plants. Plus anything else that isn't a perennial weed, bean stalks and shells, courgette and squash stalks, asparagus tops.

All the woody stalks, I have piled on top of the asparagus bed to dry for the time when we are allowed to burn.

Next I need to sort beds out for the baby leeks, the garlic and a few winter onions given to me by a kind friend with a surplus. The last few years onions, both winter and maincrop, have been so damaged by mould that I'm not going to get any more for a few years.

I managed to pick some saffron strands, not many flowered this year, or if they did they did it between my visits, so only got the strands from about four flowers.

This was the results of the purple sweetcorn experiment. Poor.

I pulled some celeriac and as usual they are about the size of a golfball, but flavour packed all the same.

I have got a new plum tree, just a stick at the moment but I live in hope. ( there are three in the tub but two are someone elses's) Jubilee cordon Victoria type plum.

Apologies for the technical hitch meaning I cannot publish all my
photos, My old phone died and I haven't figured out my new one yet.

Saturday, 7 October 2017

Time to take down the bean frame, autumn is here in earnest. There is a bucket full of foot long beans which I look forward to shelling (not)

As for the sweetcorn,..

 I need say no more except "lovely colour" This is the biggest one but I picked a very small one at the same time and it was like eating a salad babycorn, or a carrot, very sweet and crunchy.  This could be the way they are meant to be, I don't know and could not tell from the packet's instruction as I don't read Thai.

Picked the pears...

The reddish-brown ones are Loffelbirne and the green ones are Invincible.  Not very many but each one is very heavy, the poor little Loffelbirne breathed a sigh of relief after picking.

Monday, 2 October 2017

Very very windy today! 

Thankfully no real damage to the plot.  Some apples blown off their trees, the netting blown off the brassica bed. The worst was the bean frame broke, but they were ready to come out soon anyway.

Oh and a couple of sweet corn stalks have been blown over, they weren't going to ripen any time soon, so no great loss that I wasn't going to lose already.

Monday, 18 September 2017

I found an allium seed head on the free shelf at the allotment, which was growing "grass" in amongst the seed heads.

So I carefully extracted the "grass" which looks like baby leeks...

and potted them up....

So, hopefully, that's my next years crop on the go for free!  Result!

Friday, 15 September 2017

 The one surviving Crown Prince, diminutive but still bigger than last year's specimen

 Pear Invincible: a beautiful of only four, but it is the first crop.

Pear Loffelbirne: lots of heavy fruit.

Apple James Grieve: almost ripe and ready to pick.

Purple sweetcorn: lots of cobs but way off being ripe.  The weather forecast is predicting warmth next week which might help, but I have a feeling it it won't..