Sunday, 16 October 2016

Garlic planted (Provence wight)

Picked blackberries, not that many,  I seem to have missed a lot of them.  Never mind, I'm looking forward to blackberry and apple with yoghurt or ice cream.  The apples were some scabby ones off the big tree, they aren't ripe yet so they were sour enough to go well with the overripe blackberries.

Had to rig up some netting over my onion and shallot sets because something (probably birds) had pulled loads of them out and left them scattered all over.

Sunday, 9 October 2016

The Cherokee trail of tears french beans are starting to die back and the pods...

 ...are turning a lovely dark red.

The Czar runner beans pods are getting thinner and lighter in weight and colour. I grew Czar because they are supposed to be like butter beans when dried.

 The sweet peas are dying back too, they have been excellent this year.  I have my seeds for next year and I will be sowing them in pots soon.

I picked a lovely apple, an orange pippin, pity there were only three on the tree. Also an humungous courgette the size of a marrow...the last shout I think.  Courgette soup coming up.

And a surprise cucumber in among the nasturtiums..

Monday, 3 October 2016

Not been to the plot so often lately, the weather has turned a bit chilly and there is just weeding mostly which is a bit boring in the cold.

However, I have been watering the onion sets in the modules and most of them are sprouting away nicely, as usual it is the red ones that are being awkward and going mouldy instead of rooting.

Imagine my surprise when another 50 onion sets (Radar) arrived in the post.  That's the trouble with ordering weeks ahead of planting time by the time it arrives I have forgotten what I ordered. I knew I had sent for new garlic because although I've planted my own garlic for the last few years, they seemed to be getting smaller so I decided it was time to buy new (Provence Wight). Also some winter shallots (Jermor) They look nice and healthy, not a soggy one among them, got from DT Brown

I took advantage of a fine afternoon and planted all the leek seedlings and the onions sets out, all except the red ones which have been left in the modules for a bit longer.  The garlic can wait for a week or two before they need to go in.

I would post a plotplan but Windows has been at it again and changed the rules on me.  No more until I figure out what is going on.

Got there in the end, what's that all about?!

Wednesday, 21 September 2016

The last of the sweetcorn was harvested this afternoon

There were a couple of nice fat cobs but the rest were small and patchy,  I will scrape the kernels off the cob and freeze them loose. The tillers produced small thin cobs which looked as if they were not pollinated.  I might take them off in future to concentrate the plant's efforts into making proper cobs.

Planted some horseradish roots (thank you Beverley) ...

...and 10 saffron crocus bulbs.  The crocuses might yield a teaspoonful of saffron next autumn.  I am informed that it needs to be harvested at sunrise with tweezers....I'll look forward to that.

Bought some more onion sets to fill up the empty modules in the tray. Red ones, not sure of the variety.

Monday, 19 September 2016

It would have looked even better if we had thought of doing this before I cut half the hedge down.

We discovered a fence-post and trellis we didn't know was there and suddenly realised that we had cut into the next door neighbours part of the hedge...oops! I am going to have to grovel a bit.

Planted the onion sets (Radar) bought in the Grainger Market, into modules to give them a start before the winter.  I will keep them in the shed until they get some roots going.

The chrysanthemum plug plants planted in the spring have flowered nicely, this is just one stem. I even won first in its class at the allotment show with them, although I have to admit that it was the only entry in its class.

Saturday, 17 September 2016

Another lovely day, this summer is making up for the late start it made, September and still no-coat weather.

Bingo wings still tender...arms akimbo is a no no!

However, as I have time-limited access to it, the trimmer of power was calling to me so the spirea hedge in between mine and Sue's plot got a good seeing to.

Pat did more work on the hedge art and it is looking good, but sadly I forgot to take photos.  It will have to wait till Monday now as I am off to Harrogate Autumn Flower Show tomorrow.  Lets hope the bus turns up this time. (Long story..)

Weeded and picked lots of purple queen french beans.  Also four cucumbers and that's just from one plant, after a summer long sulk the plant has suddenly started to produce female flowers.

Friday, 16 September 2016

Arms aching tonight as my puny muscles feel the hedge trimming I have done this afternoon.
Borrowed a cordless hedge trimmer from son Paul and wow! what a blast!  Wielding the sword of power like a rather slow Jedi knight! It really does the job magnificently, well, it would if the wielder had more stamina.
Assisting the work and adding to the strain on my biceps was a bow saw, a pruning saw, loppers and some secateurs. All essential equipment to take a leylandii hedge from 10 feet high to 4 feet.
There are a couple of really thick stems in the middle which  have morphed into a lollipop art project.  Pictures to follow, but I wish I had thought to take some "before" pictures. Not sure what the committee will make of it.
Luckily a friend and useful gardener came to the aid of my muscles, and she is the arty one, so I will blame her if any questions are asked.

Forgot to mention that I saw a Jay this morning.  The other day I saw a strange bird as big as the parakeets and making a harsh rasping call but couldn't see it against the sky.  But I saw it proper today, crest and all.  That's a first for me!