Sunday, 9 July 2017

Super Sunny Day Phew!

If you remember I put in a couple of tyre planters last year, well look, two round Courgettes growing in this one.....
And two green Courgettes growing in this tyre planter.
One of two Small Sugar Pumpkins growing well in the horse muck pile.
But the most important job to do today, despite the heat, was to finally put in some Peas, 3 lots gone in along these wire frames.
And some Purple Mange Tout planted around this netting wig-wam. 

They should do well here, I prepared the ground for all the Peas by digging over and adding plenty of well rotted manure as Peas are a hungry crop.
The Sweetcorn is looking fine now, it took a while to get going, but the sun has really helped.
As the title says 'Super Sunny Day' and it was. 

We managed to stay about 5 hours and got lots done, mostly weeding!

But at least I got the grass cut on the path earlier in the week when it was less hot!

Thanks for reading/returning. Ian & Jo

Monday, 3 July 2017

You leave it a week & the weeds take over!

First Sunflower of the year, this variety is supposed to grow up to 10ft, but it has flowered at only 4ft tall. 
We are growing some others that are supposed to grow up to 15ft called 'Pikes Peak' !!
This patch was rather weedy, so I went on my hands and knees and pulled the lot up! 
You can see the pile of weeds I made far left & behind are the Onions still drying.
The Brasicas under the netting are doing well, much bigger now.  
And the dwarf beans are doing well too, I spotted a few forming already.
So the reason for leaving it for a week was I had a bad back and work got in the way too. 
But at least I got in a few hours today to get all those weeds up!

Thanks for reading/returning. Ian & Jo

Tuesday, 27 June 2017

Harvest after Harvest

Just another quick visit on Sunday, but did manage to set light to the huge pile of weeds that were drying.
We grow a lot of flowers on our plot, not only do they look nice but are very beneficial to insects & especially Bees. 
In fact there is one feasting on this poppy. 
Just one of the harvests done today:
 Mixed berries (Strawberries, Loganberries etc) 
Raspberries & Rhubarb.
This harvest from Saturday: 
Blueberries, Loganberries, Strawberries, Raspberries, Courgette, Broad Beans, Potatoes & Sweetpeas.
Lots of Courgette flowers.
Calendulas have taken over this bed, we don't mind, as the Bees love it.
The Lavender looking & smelling lovely, we have more in paler colours and the Bees go mad for it.

Thanks for reading/returning. Ian

Sunday, 18 June 2017

Fathers Day on the plot

First job to do today was to lift all the Onions and leave to dry, we have Red Winter & white Senshyu.
In the space left where the Onions were, we planted some more Rainbow Chard, a row of Beetroot (seed), Asparagus Peas and some more Sunflowers.
Potatoes still growing well, we have already harvested some Charlotte and had them for dinner, twice.
These are the Cara main potatoes, getting taller now, was too busy with the other jobs, so didn't get a chance to earth them up!
The Broad Beans I tied up last week are getting bigger, the Borlotti Beans behind have almost reached the top of the cane wig-wams.
While harvesting the Broad Beans we noticed a lot of Ladybirds feasting on the Blackfly. 

There was a couple mating too!
Talking of harvest, here is what we got just today: 
Mini Turnips, 
Broad Beans, 
and Sweetpeas.

Thanks for reading/returning. Ian & Jo

Monday, 12 June 2017

A quick visit and a bumper harvest.

 Lets start with yesterday's Harvest: 
Victoria Rhubarb, Strawberries, Raspberries, Broad Beans & Salad leaves.
Harvested the Garlic planted last autumn, not sure the variety, but will try to find out.

Now hung up in the greenhouse to dry.
Had to support the Broad Beans, they were getting a bit wind blown and they don't like it, so we tied them to canes with bottle cane tops, that rattle in the wind & prevent eye stab!
The Cara potatoes looking good after last earthing up.
The onion leaves are starting to bend over and the onions themselves are looking big after all the rain, will harvest them soon.
The Sweetcorn I put in has grown and doing well. 
Lets hope we get a long hot summer to grow the corn!

Thanks for reading/returning. Ian & Jo

Sunday, 4 June 2017

Now officially Summer

First job today was to finish clearing this patch, for the last of the crops to plant out, Beans, Beetroot, Leeks & Kale we think.

It made a huge pile of weeds to dry for burning! 

But at least we got it cleared in time.
Just look at all these Apples forming, this one is the Heritage Woodbrook Pippin, the Cox's Orange Pippin are also heavy with fruit. 
I know they loose some as windfall to assist the remainder to grow to full maturity.
Loads of Bees were busy again today on the Sage bush, the Comfrey was covered in Bees too.
We have a new nest in the shed, not there last week, a perfect Wasp nest, you cant help admiring the work gone into making it. 
Anyway back to the patch cleared earlier today, we planted some Dwarf French Beans: 
Tendergreen, Amethyst (Purple) and Canadian Wonder, that we started off in cells at home. 
Today's Harvest: More delicious Strawberries (12oz/340g). 
Lovely on a Scone with whipped cream. 
As the title says officially Summer and it was a glorious day, we got lots done. 
Next week rain, heavy rain is expected, but at least it will water all we put in & fill up the rain barrels and the well too.

Thanks for reading/returning. Ian & Jo.

Sunday, 28 May 2017

Spring update, more weeding & more planting.

The Borlotti Beans we planted last weekend have taken & growing well. 
Some are even twisting around the canes already.

I always thought they would follow the sun so twist clockwise, but if you look closely they actually twist anti clockwise, wonder why?
We dug over this patch again, added some horse manure and planted out 24 Sweetcorn seedlings that we started off in cells in the greenhouse. 
As you can see they are planted in blocks (not rows) to aid pollination, approx 18" (45cm) apart.

Two varieties, Earlybird & Kelvedon Glory, both F1 so should be good!
The Broad Beans are doing well, as you can see now in flower, so the beans will  form soon. 

Some of the ones we put in earlier in the year, even have beans forming.
Early Potatoes Winston & Charlotte looking good. 
In the background the Picasso mains are coming through & the Cara (on another patch) are coming through too.

We planted 2 Pumpkins straight into the horse muck pile. 

They will do so well here with all that muck to feed on!
Not a bad harvest today:

Asparagus (Stewarts Purple)
Rhubarb (Stockbridge Arrow)
Strawberries (an early variety)

We had the Asparagus in a Risotto & the Strawberries with Ice Cream for dinner tonight, so tasty they were.
Two Courgettes planted between the Borlotti Beans and the Sunflowers. 

We have planted more Courgettes around the plot, we always say 'why so many Courgettes' we will never learn! 
I've started clearing this patch, where the Leeks were. 
We still have lots to put in, so will go here. 
Dug out lots of weeds so when dry will burn in the incinerator bin, as we did today.

Was a lovely day today, warm but a little overcast, we are expecting much needed rain overnight as our rain barrels are empty! 
But the well still has water in it, so we do have water.

Thanks for reading/returning. Ian & Jo.