Friday, 24 July 2009

Note to self

This is for my reference really.

Yesterday potted on 52 "Winter Pilgrim" caulis & sowed 60 "Durham Early" sprinf cabbage in modules.

Planted out a further 72 lettuce, pricked out same number & sowed more seed.

Spuds - In with the old, out with the new!

Found some old & wrinkly spuds in the shed, left over from the spring planting. Stuck them in to see how they go as everyone seems to be going mad on new spuds for Christmas. No way am I paying the catalogue prices, not lost anything if these don't grow.

Tried the Kestrel spuds, look like my best crop ever. The two shown weigh 2lb 7 ozs between them. Not one slug hole in the lot. (Must be those blue things I buried with the horse poo!).

Sunday, 19 July 2009

I'm still here!

Not forgotten to update things, but it's been mainly harvesting when it's not raining!

Just the odd cauli left of the first batch, peas about done, just left next year's seed on the plants, runner beans starting to come. Carrots excellent, not a trace of fly using the Enviromesh.

The onion sets are the best I've ever grown and they're still growing, (Centurion), definitely on my hit list for next year. The plants were rubbish, they've flopped over & I've dug them up, hardly any from 3 rows. Still it's an ill wind - got some early pickles - one jar shown!

Saturday, 11 July 2009

Just reporting in

Things ticking along now, mostly harvesting with a little maintenance. First lot of caulis nearly all in now,(a lot in the freezer this week)& peas still coming nicely.

Stacks of stuff to coffee morning again, this year we have spring onions to spare for the first time & the first courgettes made it down. No jam this week - but the excess veg raised over £36 on it's own.

The "Champion Of England" peas may have reached peak height & the pods are now coming. (See piccies).

Monday, 6 July 2009

More caulis!

Today's lot, destined for my freezer!

The produce taken to coffee morning raised over £77! Had that been for my back pocket, it would have paid the year's rent on the two big plots!

Cleared & frozen the 3 rows of KW peas, got a small sample of the "Parsley" heritage pea to try today, but think may leave the best part for seed. The 3 rows of "Stokesley" are filling out well.

The winter caulis sown on the 1st, started to emerge 2 days ago - that's just 3 days outside to come up!

Friday, 3 July 2009

It's (nearly) all gone out, now it's coming in

Church coffee morning time tomorrow, so I'm parting with some caulis, lettuce, spuds, (PJ's), beetroot, gooseberries & a few other odds & sods. Did I mention 25 pots of homemade jam?

Here's some of it.

Thursday, 2 July 2009

Last of the major planting

For now at least.

A bit behind the others, but they should catch up, 49 sweetcorn plants, (just handy for a 7x7 block). A bit late as they are replacements for those the cats "totalled" in the greenhouse.

Just a few odds & sods of herbs to plant out & successive lettuce as and when they are ready.

Another 6 "Clapton" caulis harvested & another 4 well formed ones on the way.

Wednesday, 1 July 2009

Winter Draws On

First day of July, hottest day of the year & what have I just done - sown the winter caulilflowers! Variety "Winter Pilgrim" have done well for the last few years. Growing when they do, they avoid the worst of the club root.

Finally got the white & purple sprouters out, pricked out 72 lettuce & sowed the next lot.

Another hot day forecast tomorrow, then cooler thereon in.