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?