Saturday, 30 July 2016

Pretty much picked all the broad beans, just a few baby ones left to grow a bit.  The bag of beans was so heavy I had to get the pram to carry them home.



Dug up some potatoes.  One plant had wilted and gone brown so I dug that one first and the potatoes underneath were revolting, slimy and rotting.  Don't know what that is, blight maybe?  Seems to be the only plant affected, the potatoes on either side were lovely. (there was more than one!)



Four marrows on the plant so I nipped off the other ones so it could concentrate on those four. (three now!)



After giving up on the cucumber plants, one plant has a cucumber on, small and prickly as yet, but with potential.

Picked the first runner beans, all three of them.  No sign of any french beans yet, no I found a tiny one...



The sweetcorn have their tassels on the top and are looking lovely and healthy.



The two of the courgette plants are producing nicely I have had half a dozen so far.



What am I going to do this evening in front of the telly?  You guessed it....shelling broad beans.

Sowed buckwheat into the bed where the winter onions were.

teazel

nigella seed heads

honeysuckle

Sunday, 24 July 2016

Temperatures are back to what we are used to.  The heat is still out there but we have plenty of cloud around to take the edge off it.  Muggy though.

Picking fruit today....





There was twice as many berries on the whitecurrants than the red and three times as much as the blackcurrants.  I wonder if whitecurrant chutney would work?

That's all the fruit in now except for apples and pears.  The strawbs have just about finished.

Tuesday, 19 July 2016

Temperature has gone mad today, we were grateful for 17C last week and it hit a high of 32C today!
Needless to say we soft northerners can't cope with the heat...
However, the forecast is that it will be going back to average in the next few days, so we don't have to not cope for very long.

Picked another load of broad beans and a couple of small courgettes.

Friday, 15 July 2016


The winter onions are all out and I have roughly forked over the bed.  Now to decide what goes in it next.






















 No getting the climbing beans mixed up this year, the flower on the Cherokee trail of tears is a pretty purple, and the runner beans (Czar) have a white flower.







































The gooseberries are getting sweeter.


Harvesting has started in earnest...today's picking

Sunday, 10 July 2016

The currant bushes are coming along nicely...



The blackcurrants are already giving off a wonderful smell.

James Grieve is looking promising...





Todays pickings...


Not sure how that single red onion got into my brown onion sets, but its the best one I've ever grown.

Friday, 8 July 2016

The weather has warmed up a bit at last, still not very much sun, but at least it isn't so cold.

The strawberries are really starting to crop, four more punnets in as many days.


The flowery corner is showing a fine crop of nigella


The surviving cucumbers haven't grown since I planted them a few weeks ago, so I'm not depending on these plants for my supply of summer salad materials.


The winter onions have given a good crop and so far only only one with white rot.


I decided to pull the garlic as the leaves were covered with rust.  Last year I was fighting the rust from early in the year but this year because of the cold spring and early summer it only took hold a couple of weeks ago. Mostly decent sized bulbs for all that.


I have been very remiss...this is the first plotplan for 2016!

The plant scheme crew "working" in the greenhouse.


Saturday, 2 July 2016

Windy, rainy, cold.  We are on the wrong side of the jetstream again, temperature fell to 8C last night and it's only 11C today! July!!!

More onions have turned over their tops.  So far only one has basal white rot.


Friday, 1 July 2016

The strawberries have started to crop even though it isn't very warm and isn't very sunny, but there has been some rain at last...


They are nowhere near as good looking as the shop-bought berries but they taste really good.
Some of them are misshapen and densely clustered under the leaves near the ground instead of being held high to get sun and air around them. I think that may be due to the long drought we have had.  Also a lot of them have been attacked by tiny slugs, of which there is a surfeit this year. Grr!

The broad beans are beginning to look edible and if this rain continues we should be picking them soon...


The winter onions are starting to turn over and I am taking them home as they flop, to use straight away in the kitchen.