Saturday, 12 August 2017

more beans and a few courgettes....



and the contents of one potato bag..

Monday, 7 August 2017


I found, in the pantry, a bit of ginger root starting to sprout so I laid it on top of some damp compost and stuck it underneath a tomato plant in the greenhouse, and lo...!


Now what do I do with it!


The purple sweet corn is looking very healthy, thanks to all the rain lately, but no sign of any tassells.  They are going to have to get moving as the season is ticking on....only a few more weeks of "summer" to go.


picking now: broad beans (just tailing off), runner beans (in full flow), french beans (just starting), blackberries (just starting), courgettes (steady)

There are a couple of cucumbers in the making and three crown prince pumpkins, lets hope they get a bit bigger than last time I tried them.

Friday, 28 July 2017




Tomatoes in the home lean-to are ripening nicely.

Picking runners and broad beans and the odd courgette. 


Its unusual to be picking both types of beans at the same time, the broad beans seem late this year.  I assume it was the dry spring slowing things down and there was also quite a bad attack of blackfly just at the time the plants were trying to set their first flowers. I thought the beans, both plant and pod, were particularly small this year, only about 3 or 4 beans per pod and only about 18 inches high, but they are all like that so it could be the variety. But I wouldn't know as I  have been very naughty this year and not kept a record of what and where.  I can't find a packet and I haven't written anything in my notebook since march! Tut tut!

This new kitchen I have been getting has a lot to answer for...

Thursday, 20 July 2017

The gooseberries and jostaberries may have been disappointing, but no complaints about the red and white currants.


2 kilos of red and...


1.5kg of white.

I am in the process of converting the whitecurrants into fruit leathers.

Emptied one bag of potatoes...


Not bad...bit of a funny colour but that's just sun on the camera.


The cleome have started to flower...so that's what the flowers look like!

Sunday, 9 July 2017

The first ripe tomato! (Garden Pearl)


First of many, I hope.

Tuesday, 4 July 2017

After a few days of dryness, its back to the rain again...all day non-stop...

Picked the gooseberries, the jostaberries and the blackcurrants.  Not very many of any of them and the goosberries are small this year.  Victims of the dry spring, I guess.


The blackcurrants aren't bad considering two thirds of the bush had to be surgically removed. There may be more jostaberries to come, I couldn't get near because of weeds but the fine weather has let me get at them.

Saturday, 1 July 2017

The weather a bit better today so down tout suite to the plot to do some much needed weeding.

Cleared bed one of the remaining shallots, weeded and replanted with four slightly slug bitten cucumber plants bought from the plant scheme. (Burpless tasty green)


They look a bit lonely but they will be joined very soon by their best friends willow herb, buttercup and fat hen.

I should have cleared the onion bed next but my knees and back declared they had had enough crawling around.  So instead I pulled the garlic which as usual has succumbed to rust.  Some quite decent bulbs this year, certainly enough to see me through the winter.



Brought all the onions and shallots home in the pram, to dry in the garage.

I'm pooped!