Jul
27

Veg Tsunami!

A fantastic couple of weeks- some minor frustrations with progress, but the weather has been so warm, cropping has surpassed all expectations. Even at home where our extra Marmande tomatoes and Ronde courgette have been neglected compared to the plot, a really good amount of pollination has occurred. Rose food has been applied and seaweed and tomato feed, plus Bordeaux on the plot. The succulent Basil needs two final trays potting up, but pickings in the interim are glorious and Tomatoes starting to cascade along with copious courgettes and cucumbers. Tonight we do a blind tasting of cues- more later!
Jul
14

Fabulous pickings!

Fabulous pickings!
I'm finally going to share a photo of the Wild Cucumber or Achoca. I picked this small one and sampled it- not very impressed!!! Of all the unusual veg tried over the years, this has to be the least exciting! If I did have a bit of spare soil and didn't want to put in sweetcorn, tomatilloes would get my vote instead. Easy and can be pickled or put into relish in the unlikely event there are too many.
Inside the greenhouse, baby cucumber replacements are coming, plus a lot of nice looking chilli peppers. Lovely tender baby courgettes and delicious potatoes- yum!
Jul
11

Patch all up to speed!

Patch all up to speed!
I've also caught up from our break away. The peppers seem fine if a bit spindly and all the flowers in pots look good. As one of the cucumbers got munched, I've sown some sweet little replacements.
The achoca, (wild cucumber) has it's first little fruit, but I'm hoping it will be a bit bigger before I take a photo for you. At the moment if is covered in little spines and an inch long!
Jul
11

Basil City

Basil City
I have finally potted up all trays of Basil now. I sowed a couple of late trays in case the weather is kind to us in Autumn- but I've run out of terracotta pots now, even resorting to putting some outside, including purple Basil as well.
Jul
11

New work table for pepper production!

New work table for pepper production!
I also wanted to share Mark's wonderful new work table in the garden. Made from our old beech kitchen top, it has a new life in the garden - four very healthy pepper plants, (two Jalapeno and two others with lost labels). As I go past I am reminded to help with pollination!
Jul
11

Apples coming on

Apples coming on
All the produce is fab, but I'm even more excited about the developing apples. I was disturbed they seemed small, but I'm now satisfied they are normal. Really looking forward to those!
Jul
06

produce city!

At last, crops are flowing into the kitchen! All kinds of courgettes, new potatoes, lots of sorrel, basil and coriander, plus sun warmed raspberries. Even enough to take some up to Mark's father. I'll try to get some photos- the flowers are especially pretty- posies galore for the house, sweet peas and roses mainly.
May
29

Plant Mania!

Having potted up my Chillis for Home, (Jalapeno, big Jim and Red Exotica) and slipped a Sungold Tomato into a gap in the border outside the Apple plantation, I was really quite satisfied. Grace helped me by planting all the bedding pinks next to the hedge so we have caught up.
BUT Mark took me to Homebase to get a bigger pot for our Christmas Tree. Much too big for inside now- it is straining to get out of last year's pot. But of course that meant I had to get a Geranium Rozanne, Delphinium Excalibur and a Clematis Niobe, (deep maroon) as well!
I must try and get the plants for the Open Day organised- need the new Compost Bench in position where I can use it in the greenhouse! Trouble is, it looks too good here at home. Mark is talking about making one- watch this space, especially since Theo gave me a whole tray of Moneymaker spare. Off to the Kids Garden they go!
May
27

Strimmer to Hospital!

During our last visit on Sunday, (Rogation Sunday no less!), the strimmer sprang a leak on the fuel tank. Mercifully this was after Mark had anihilated all grass and dandelion in the entire area, so we are all shipshape for a bit. Also did rescue on various things that could do with a bit of extra JI2 or potspace, including all Wild Cucumbers for the sale and our 2 butternuts to be in huge pots until potato harvest starts. Courgettes all ready to go, toms straining at leash. Just need some warmer weather!
May
24

Fab progress on plot!

Wonderful visit to plot 57 with Mark and Mal, Mark's sister. What a boon! All curcurbits except the cues are out under fleece hardening off and beans of all sorts planted, plus the trellis is up and strung for both Runners and French, as well as sweet peas. A plethora of sweet peas- own in root trainers, homebase special and early sown own seed of Oregon Sugar. Looks fab!