Sunday, 13 September 2020

Lovely sunny Sunday in September

This raised bed was over run with Rocket that had gone to seed. 

So Jo pulled it out and planted 2 rows of White Lisbon winter spring onion seed.

I tidied up the Maris Piper spud bed by removing all the weeds and earthing up the spud rows, to lessen the light they might get. 

Then in the row already dug up, I prepared the soil and planted some purple sprouting Broccoli, under a netting tunnel.

Another bumper harvest, more than we've had for a while, but thats due to the fact we havent been down to pick anything since Tuesday!
The apples are looking great, can't harvest them yet though, maybe in a few more weeks.
So as the title says a lovely sunny day & we got lots done, I even trimmed more of the grass path, with hand shears too! 

Thanks for reading/returning. 

Ian & Jo 

Tuesday, 8 September 2020

Harvest Time

August/September is the best time of the year, as we can harvest almost every day! 
So here are a few trugs full of what we grow.

Beetroot & Leeks, perfect.

First of the King Edward spuds, all these from just 2 plants.
And more Maris Piper, also from just 2 plants.
Todays harvest on a rare week day, day off.
Thanks for reading/returning. 
Ian & Jo

Sunday, 23 August 2020

Inbetween the showers!

So a rainy day, so just went down to harvest all this. 
Not bad too :) In fact we have been down most days over the last few weeks, just to pick.
All the rain has made the weeds & grass path grow! 
But good for the crops & flowers :)

Thanks for reading/returning. Ian & Jo

Sunday, 2 August 2020

Still planting & harvesting

One of our Sunflowers, I measured the tallest at 102" (260cm) !
Once the peas have finished we take them out & plant out more for a second crop.
The Ostrich Plume Asters alongside the Leeks.
Another good harvest.
In the greenhouse the Tomatoes are doing well, these plum ones are massive!
These are close to ripening.
These are almost ready.

So another busy weekend. Thanks for reading/returning. Ian & Jo.

Sunday, 26 July 2020

Harvest & flowers

Lovely Rudbeckia flowers, Jo loved these when she saw them in Vancouver a few years ago, so we got some seed and this is the first to flower, more to come. 
Wow 5 courgettes on this one plant, yellow round ones too! 
We always grow these, but not often we get so many ripen at the same time!
So a good harvest on Saturday. 
Including 3 types of green beans, a swede & beetroot.
Ooh look lots of sprouts forming on the brussels, plenty for a winter feast.
4lb of Picasso main crop potatoes, 1st lot I've dug up this year and so far so good and some real whoppers!
So a late visit on Sunday as we were both busy elswhere. But our plot is looking really good, lots of flowers and its buzzing with Bee activity.

Thanks for reading/returning. Ian & Jo

Sunday, 19 July 2020

Another 5 hours busy on our plot

We needed to weed these brassica tunnels, as they were a bit over run. 
Jo did it all while I was busy elsewhere.
I earthed up the leeks as Gardeners World said its best to, so they stay nice and white. 
I've never done it before so will be interesting to see. 
The patch of soil at the back, where Charlotte potatoes had been dug up, has been dug over and levelled, we will plant some spinach there soon.
Some of the broad beans had finished, so Jo planted some pak choi that we had started off in a seed tray. 
We covered them with a netting tunnel, so the birds dont peck them out!
I made a bird table from some scrap wood, as we had some extra bird seed, so thought our allotment visitors would like it. 
I finished cutting the grass on the path, with my old shears, hard work, but worth it.
Jo was looking in the pond and spotted quite a lot of froglets & tadpoles with back legs already formed, so a good year for our pond again.

Thanks for reading/returning. Ian & Jo

Tuesday, 14 July 2020

Harvesting, planting & more bumper harvests!

I'll start with this trug full of goodies: 
Mixed Berries, 
& Sweet Pea flowers.
We also picked the last of the cauliflowers, so dug up the roots & composted them, then planted more that we had started off in a seed tray. 
They are Autumn Giant.
5lb of Gooseberries! 
Jo made a great job of weeding around the leeks & beetroot.
And these asters needed weeding too.
The strawberries are almost done fruiting and sending out runners, so we pegged each into a small pot of compost, we will cut them away from the parent plant when rooted.
Another trug full of goodies.
The path got a trim, but sadly my petrol strimmer wouldn't work, so I got busy with the shears, was hard work but worth it as it looks a lot better.
And another trug full of delicious produce and our 1st carrot too.

Thanks for reading/returning. Ian & Jo.