Sunday, 30 October 2016

Four barrow loads of manure on the asparagus bed.  I wouldn't normally have the stamina for four trips, but there is a lot of straw in this batch of horse manure which makes it a lot lighter.  It doesn't matter too much that it is not well rotted as it will sit on the bed over winter and lighten the soil for next spring (I hope).

Sowed some sweet clover green manure in an empty bed.

Weeded the courgette bed of perennials, but left the annuals and the remnants of courgette plants. They will die back over winter.

Dug out the sweet corn stalks ready for the end of the bonfire ban next week.

Picked a few pounds of apples from the old tree, they are nice tasting this year, though small.  They always taste better straight off the tree.  I have been stripping off any apple that was blemished as the season has gone on and it has paid off,  now they are ripe, there are only a few with the crusty cracked skins.  I'll have to try and get them a bit bigger next year.
Haven't been to the plot for a week!  I'll be getting a Letter if I don't watch out!

While I was gone my saffron crocuses have popped up


Planted out the last of the winter onions that have been sprouting in the shed.  Every one has rooted eventually.

Still pulling beetroot and picking chrysanthemums.

There some good looking sprouts under the netting, will have to have a closer look soon.  Its a bit of a chore taking the net down, there must be a better way.

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?!