Tuesday, 28 July 2015

Rain at last

It has rained pretty much non-stop since Sunday.  But I must go tomorrow to water the tomatoes in the shed, they must be thirsty by now.

Friday, 24 July 2015

Jam, jam and more jam

Berries washed, picked over and made into jelly...

 ..and a summer pudding...

...which has since been consumed with enthusiasm by all the family (the pudding, not the jelly, we needed more jam like we needed a hole in the head as we now have 22 jars of jam in the cupboard... Jam anybody?)

The mangetout have finished so I took the supports out and they collapsed in a heap..

...and the sprouts and the red cabbage have got too big for the cloche so the big net has gone on...

Weeded the strawberry beds and pegged down some runners to pot up and sell in the allotment shop.

The squash has picked up a bit, the later leaves are looking quite sturdy, the stem has rooted at various points along its length which is giving the plant a bit more oomph. I think it is probably too late though, to make any squashes.  The courgettes are doing well though, and there are some babies on the cucumbers.

I cut the comfrey down and stuffed some in a bucket for liquid feed and put the rest on the compost heap.

Wednesday, 22 July 2015

onions and garlic

Sowed some beetroot seed tape, a row of Jessy peas, and a row of fennel seed in the old winter onion bed.  I've got some early onward in modules hoping they will hurry up but nothing showing yet.

Tuesday, 21 July 2015

picking berries

I picked the white and red currants today.  Approximately 3 lbs of fruits from each bush, considerably more than last year.  The blackcurrants aren't quite ripe yet, but there are quite a lot of berries on that one too.

Summer pudding here we come...

Saturday, 18 July 2015

Lots of tomatoes but the end of strawberries


Marmande, buckling under the weight 

Nimbus side-shoots potted up

The first decent sized beetroot (seed tape)

New tool belt! Idea pinched from internet..

The strawberries are pretty much done for this year.   The total so far is over 15 kilos (35lbs-ish) and still coming, though not so much.
Because there are two lots, both old and new, we have had loads of fruit this year, but it is noticeable that the old strawberries are smaller and with more mouldy ones, presumably due to the lack of ventilation in the more crowded bed. I can safely take out that bed this year knowing we will have plenty of fruit in the new beds, we really don't need 15 kilos of strawberries, delicious though they are.

Thursday, 16 July 2015

the best pea year ever

Every year I grow a couple of handfuls of peas, just to graze on while at the plot.  This year has been exceptional and I have taken home several carrier bags full, and there are more to come...

Wednesday, 15 July 2015

currants nearly ready

Nearly all ripe just a few more days of sunshine needed.

Sunday, 12 July 2015

summer in full swing

The first few courgettes

pears hanging on

The climbers have started to climb

the first potato
 and lots of peas
currants ripening in their new cage

Sweet corn looking strong

Blackberries getting fruit

more onions turning their tops over

Enough sweet peas to make a proper bunch

Sunday, 5 July 2015

Its a bumper year for strawberries, I've picked at least 12 kilos so far and they haven't finished yet!

We've had some decent rain at last, some stonking  thunder storms, and everything is starting to grow again.  I might get some potatoes after this, the first plant I dug up had nothing underneath.

Some of the winter onions have succumbed to white rot, which I am sad about because up till now the winter onions had escaped.  That is one more place on the plot that I can't grow onions in.  The rest are looking good though...

The plot has switched into to full summer mode with more picking to be done at every visit.  Now's the time when the weeds get out of control.

I put up a new fruit cage last week...

....which means the hoops can be moved back to their original purpose over the brassicas.  I wasn't going to grow any this year as I am never really happy with them in the past, but I have 2 brussels sprout (Crispus) plants and I bought a tray of red cabbages from the plant scheme.

I put the cloches on while they are little, I'll put the big net on later.

The garlic got rust as usual, a bit later than last year I think, so they are out now and drying.
(yes, just checked and they were much rustier last year and out of the ground by 22 June)

Picking now are: peas, mangetout, broad beans, strawberries, beetroot, tomatoes.