Sunday, 21 August 2011

Raspberries, Potatoes & Chickens

Three of my favorite things.

Here are the Autumn Raspberries still cropping well and the fruits are huge, we expect them to keep going well into September or even early October.

Today's harvest was another 1.5 lb, which we have Frozen for later use.

So today's bumper harvest as mentioned there are Raspberries, also:
Tomatoes 'Plum & Alicante'
Climbing French & Runner Beans
Potatoes 'Markies'
& Sweet Peas flowers.

Chicken News:
We also harvest Weeds for our Chickens, Hetty, Betty, Peggy & Maud.

Here you can see them tucking into 'Chickweed' one of their favorites. But they also love Kale, Pak-Choi, Cabbage & Broccoli, we grow extra just for them. Makes lovely golden yellow yolks.

Here you can see one of the 'Markies' main crop potato plants, as you can see the foliage has died back that means they are ready to dig up, but don't be so hasty, if you cut the dying foliage (halums) off and leave the tubers in the ground for an extra week or so, this will harden off the skins which will help the Potatoes store longer and makes a better crispy skin on baked spuds.

I dug some up for tonight's dinner, this amount I got from 2 plants, so the yield is quite good, just wish they were a bit bigger, but dry conditions are to blame.

Thanks for reading/returning. Ian.


  1. Ooooh! I love raspberries - definitely something to consider for the future! Thankyou for the tips about the potatoes :-) Love 'n' hugs, Mel xx

  2. Did not realise that leaving the potatoes in the ground a week or so will help with crispy skins - thanks!