Thursday, 21 July 2016
The weather in UK has been stiflingly hot for the last few days. Finding enough water to keep the veggies and plants from dying was getting to be a bit of a problem. Yesterday my bestest nephew brought the troops down. ( They've broken up school now for the summer holidays) and they set up a really good watering system for me. They picked a bag of the broad beans they'd grown and then when the weather got too hot they came in and painted these lovely pictures for me. I feel blessed.
Saturday, 16 July 2016
A cluster of poppies have seeded themselves amongst the weeds and debris in the top polytunnel.
The leeks I planted out last year have all gone dome shaped. But as Arleen so aptly puts it, " I'm doing OK."
The second crop of potatoes, my young friends planted, are all starting to come into flower which means more spuds not too far away. We've eaten the first crop they planted in the other poly tunnel. They cropped brilliantly and tasted just as good.
We sowed a crop of broad beans outside and they're ready for picking.
The runner beans were a bit of a disaster. Not enough water early on.Some of the leaves died off. The beans curled up instead of being straight. but we've had a couple of meals off them and they taste just as good. I've tried to remedy them by soaking a margarine tub- full of chicken poo pellets in a five gallons of water over night and then soaking the roots. It seems to be helping because little green shoots are starting from the base.
Picked the first courgette today.
Cabbage doing OK. Not many Cabbage White butterflies about this year. Perhaps the weather's been too cold.
Tried the parsnips today.
Sweetcorn, lettuce and beetroot in this tunnel. Oh and pumpkins and dahlias on the other side.
Sowed some more beetroot seeds today. We seem to be eating them quicker than we can grow them, but they taste delicious.
Have a good week
Tuesday, 24 May 2016
|Little Gem lettuce & beetroot plugs|
|First root of new potaoes|
|Strawberries from last year's runners|
“In three words I can sum up everything I've learned about life:
it goes on."
Tuesday, 26 April 2016
The last few months have been like no other. And yet it's only when I look back that I can see that I was never or will ever be alone in all this.
It's been bitterly cold here today - blizzards in Scotland on today's weather forecast. I've spent a few hours potching in the two remaining poly tunnels.
Way back in January, I bought 3 kilos of seed potatoes from Coedy and put them to chit.
During half term, my fantastic nephew brought the kids down and they planted them out for me.
Strawberry bed from home grown runners
New potatoes just starting to come into flower
Parsnips just starting to show through
The winter storms ripped the one poly sheet to shreds so a new one ordered and ready to replace when we have a minute
Fadgy supposedly on mouse patrol in my top tunnel.
A few lettuce (and chickweed) growing together
Pesky mice having a field day digging out my beetroot plugs
A clump of lettuce seeds tossed amongst the garlic.
Never ever going to eat all this veg on my own, but I have a dream of a little community where we weed and sow and plant and share all the produce between us.
Hope it comes true x