Saturday, 13 August 2016

Compost heaps

The garden and allotment have been ticking over nicely the last month or so, and I'm very pleased with what we've managed to grow this year.  We've had lots of nice cabbage, both the spring variety (Wheeler's Imperial) and the round head variety in Golden Acre.  Peas have been a bit of a disaster but those we have had have been delicious.

Potatoes of various types have been pretty respectable, and I'm mightily impressed with the "Orla" spuds we've grown.  A lovely flavour and a good yield.

The best haul of all though came out of the compost heap!  I was busy turning that today, and while I knew there were a couple of potato plants growing in it, I didn't expect what I found.

The peas in the trug are some that Small grew, so we had those for tea along with some sausages, some of the spuds as mash, and some (more!) cabbage donated by a fellow allotmenteer.

In the poly-tunnel, we found our first tomato of the season, which was scrumptious. Only a little one, Gardener's Delight I think, but a sign of things to come.

The fruit, apart from apples, has come to an end now but we managed lots of mixed summer fruits jelly, and a respectable few jars of gooseberry jelly which is one of my favourites.  Now we're just waiting on the sweetcorn being ready which shouldn't be long now.

My poor runner beans were decimated by slugs/snails when I planted them out.  They persevered though, and re-grew and I was pleased to see they had some teeny, tiny little beans forming.  Hurrah for home grown!

How grows your garden?

Monday, 27 June 2016

Harvest and pillow

The bad back brigade managed to make it down to the allotment tonight, and there was some produce to harvest.  Some plants down there are looking a bit sick though, and I have a strong suspicion my "dear neighbour" has been spraying something on his weeds which has drifted over onto my plot.  I'm not a happy bunny about that.

Anyway, we managed to harvest a beetroot, the first one I've really grown successfully too!

Other things included some pretty good onions that I"d stored in the poly-tunnel last week  to dry, some De Barletta spring onions, broad beans, peas, and a few strawberries.  Although I've got a bowlful in the photo, most of those came from the front garden.  We also had some radish and leaves from the back garden with our lunch today.  I've decided that my attempts to grow radish in the ground just aren't going to work so I sowed a containerful of La Rougette which have done very well, and we've been munching away on them for several days now.

Also from the front garden were a few sweet peas which Small is holding up for Granny to see, as I know the folks read my blog.  There you go mum, just for you!

And lastly, the pillow part.  I"ve been trying to de-stash some of my fabric.  I've sold a few pieces off that I'm never going to use, while some of the scrappy bits have been put to good use in various quilting projects which I've been attempting while I've not been able to move very far.  This one is a new pillowcase for my back pillow that I have on the sofa.

I"m really pleased with the way this has turned out.  The front is fully pieced together, batted, backed and quilted, while the back of the pillowcase is a lovely Cadbury purple.  I love the cupcake at the bottom!  I'm sure mum will recognise a few of the pieces in this pillowcase which came from some fabrics she gave to me.

Thursday, 9 June 2016

Edibles at last

I've been out of action for a while again as the blasted back is playing up again which has put paid to any gardening as I can't bend down to do anything - or if I manage to get down, I can't get up again!

We had our first real 'meal' from the garden last night, in the shape of some new potatoes (Duke of York 1st earlies) and a cabbage (Wheeler's Imperial).  There wasn't much of either the spuds or the cabbage, but boy did they taste good!  They were served up with a piece of pie from the farm shop and some beef and mushroom casserole that I couldn't squeeze in the freezer.

Not very big!
There's nothing much been done on the allotment since my last post, apart from watering as despite several promised thunder storms, they've passed us by.  Small boy did find a ripe strawberry though, which was our first of the year and absolutely delicious.

I'll leave you with some pics from our visit to Lottie tonight.

Broad beans, not quite ready yet. No idea what variety

Peas nicely in flower, various varieties

Courgette, var All Green, I think!

The first pea pods are setting

Golden Acre Cabbage

Sunday, 22 May 2016

Pretty poly

It's up!  How long it will stay up is an entirely different matter as I have the distinct impression that despite my best efforts to anchor it to a frame it'll blow away in the first puff of wind.  There's a bit more work to do burying the sides of the cover, but hopefully I can make some headway now getting the inside part sorted out and move the tomato and aubergine plants down to the allotment.

Base before the frame was screwed to it

You can't see them in the photo, probably because they're green, but the tunnel is also attached to the ground with guy ropes.  Whoever the idiot was who thought GREEN guy ropes and green ground pegs on a green poly-tunnel, in a green environment was a good idea, I don't know.  As soon as possible these will be changed for bright orange or shocking pink.  Anything that we can actually see!!

Looking back through plot neighbour's fence
The allotment now has a nice muddy path going down it as mid-way through putting the thing up yesterday, the heavens decided to open and pretty much stayed that way until I'd finished.  This morning the sun is out and shining brightly so will try and get some more done so it's ready to go!