Monday 9 October 2017

Blog update

I returned on Monday, to dig over this patch where we had early Winston Spuds growing in the spring. 

I found a few that I missed when digging up, so will have them with a pie for Tuesdays dinner.
So after removing all the weeds & quite a few clumps of grass! I planted out 60 Red Winter onions. 

Just to the left you can just see a Courgette & Squash that are still producing, so will leave them in a bit longer.
Alongside the Senshyu onions I planted on Sunday there is a stip of cleared soil. 
So I put in a few Kale seedlings we had left over from a previous planting. 
Then after taking the photo I covered them with a netting tunnel to protect from the birds!

Thanks for reading/returning. Ian 

Sunday 8 October 2017

Onions planted

We started off some Onion sets in cell trays in multi purpose compost. 
They have done well and are ready to plant out. 
Senshyu yellow & Red Winter varieties, that we have grown before and seem to do well in our soil.
 In this patch that I started digging over last weekend and finished this week, I planted 3 rows of the Senshyu yellow, about 50 planted here. 

I will have to dig over another patch for the reds in the week.
So while there I dug up some more Picasso potatoes, all these from just one seed potato planted back in the spring. 
We had some of them as roasties with our Sunday dinner.

Thanks for reading/returning. Ian & Jo

Sunday 1 October 2017

First of October already!

It might be October already but we still have Sunflowers, infact we still have lots of flowers on the plot, which is great as the birds & insects love these.
Still lots of colourful veg growing: 
Rainbow Chard and Beetroot doing well. 
Our hens love a handful of chard, from time to time. 
I removed a few canes from the plot today, Broad Beans & Borlotta Beans have finished, so their supports had to be stored away. 

My latest tip: 
When storing canes after pulling up, put them upright with the end that was in the soil uppermost so they dry out, your canes will last longer if you do.
Fed up of Squirrels gorging on our Sweetcorn so dont think we will grow it again, takes up a lot of space and time getting it started! 
This is the patch where the Borlotta Beans & Broad Beans were. 

I'm digging it over to prepare it for some over winter Onions, that we have started off at home in cells and they are ready to go in.
So not a bad harvest, for October: 
Apples, Raspberries, Chard, Borlotta Beans, Runner Beans, Pumpkin and Cara Spuds.
As I mentioned still lots of flowers and it all looks lovely, if a bit overgrown. 

But things are dying back now with cooler days. 

Thanks for reading/returning. Ian & Jo