Monday, 2 January 2017

New Year & last years stats

Well its now 2017 & we've had a wonderful Christmas. Plenty of veg still to harvest and our Christmas dinner was all the better for our own, Sprouts, Leeks, Potatoes & Parsnips.

But we have also had some bumper fruit crops over the last year:
Rhubarb, 78lb 8oz.
Gooseberries, 22lb 12oz. 
Black & Redcurrants, 20lb. 
Strawberries, 14lb 12oz. 
Raspberries, 10lb 4oz. 
Blackberries, Loganberries, Blueberries etc about 1lb. 

And lots of Apples!

At home our Hens have been laying too, a total of 555 in 2016.
They are having a rest at the moment, but will start again in the spring.

Happy New Year everyone.

Thanks for reading/returning, Ian & Jo 

Thursday, 1 December 2016

Too cold to dig!

But our 2017 seeds have arrived.

Lots of new veg to grow.
Flowers too.

We are trying Hops for the 1st time, so keep checking to see how we get on.

Thanks for reading/returning. Ian & Jo.

Monday, 21 November 2016

A quick look & harvest of goodies

Such a cold damp day, so just a quick visit to check it over & harvest some more veg. 

Finished digging this row of Cara potatoes, plenty came up, good size too, still 2 rows left, so plenty for winter meals. 

Will make lovely roasties for dinner & chips on Monday.
The garlic I planted ages ago have taken well, also the broad beans I put in over the last few weeks look healthy. 

All these were started off at home in cells to get a root structure started, will also give them a head start in the cold weather.
Sunday Harvest: 
Butternut Squash,
Cara Potatoes too.

Thanks for reading/returning. Ian & Jo.

Monday, 31 October 2016

Monday on the plot

First job, to extend this patch next to the Garlic I put in a few weeks ago. 
Then plant out some Broad Beans I started off in cells at home. 
I found quite a few Lady Christl potatoes too while digging over this patch.
Another job that needed doing, cutting down the sweetcorn as it had finished. 
So a good excuse for a bonfire, there was a pile of weeds to burn too!
So while I was down on the plot, I did a spot of harvesting: 
Last of the Cox's apples 
& some Cara potatoes, for chips tonight.
Was such a lovely day today, so I took a pic-nic lunch there too, was lovely just listening to the birds.

If you were wondering why I didn't go on Sunday, well I went to Brick Live at the N.E.C in Birmingham a Lego show organised by Lego fans and it was great (my other hobby). 

Thanks for reading/returning. Ian

Sunday, 23 October 2016

More Onions planted

 Before I show you the Onions, take a look at this lovely red Cox's apple. 
Almost ready to pick, we've had some great apples this year and with some careful pruning this winter, crops will be better next year.
This Pumpkin growing amongst the Rhubarb (no we didn't plant it there, it trailed its way there) will make a lovely soup for winter. 
I just love this vivid red Chard growing amongst all the green, we have it growing in a few places.

And finally the Onions, these are the 'Red Winter' that I started off in cells just like the ones I planted last weekend and have done them just the same way.
So that's all the Onions in now about 100 whites & now 90 reds, we will have plenty come harvest time next year!

Thanks for reading/returning. Ian & Jo

Sunday, 16 October 2016

One crop out another in

The Senshyu onions have been growing well in cell trays. 
I started them off about a month ago and they are now ready to go in. 

I prepared the patch last weekend, its where a few rows of Cara spuds were growing & now dug up.
As you can see the Onions have a good root structure, starting them off this way gives them an early start and also stops the birds pulling them out.
That's 95 put in and watered well. 

I will put a similar number of Red Winter onions in next time I'm down. 
Today's Harvest:
Chilean Guavas,
Chicken greens too.
The weather today was a bit mixed, rain all morning, then a few hours of sun in the afternoon, as we walked home rain was returning.

Thanks for reading/returning, Ian & Jo

Sunday, 9 October 2016

Working hard on the plot today

Now that we have cleared this patch of Potatoes, there are still some in the ground (just out of shot). 
So I turned the soil, got all the weeds & roots out and raked it flat, ready for Onion planting. 
Couldn't move the bin as I was burning the weeds & it was hot!
Jo weeded all around the Parsnips, Carrots, Lettuce & Chard, it looks much better for it. 

The weeds will be drying ready for burning next time.
In the greenhouse:

These Hungarian Hot Wax peppers are as red as they will go. 

They start off green and mild, change to orange mid hot and now they are red are very hot!
Today's bumper harvest: 
Purple Beans, 
I keep hearing its autumn, well today was like summer, was warm & very pleasant. 

The birds & bees were very busy too. 

Thanks for reading/returning. Ian & Jo