Saturday, 31 August 2013
Last year we grew some spinach at the allotment. It carried on growing and growing, and we just left it there to run to seed which we then collected for this year's plants. What we didn't expect was that the uncollected seed would self-set. But they did - and spinach has sprung up between the cabbage and cauliflowers we've planted this year. It's very useful for salads though.
Are these blackberries really weeds? Well, we didn't plant them - they're part of the prickly hedge that surrounds the allotments - and when they spread into our patch they're a dreadful nuisance that we immediately dig up. Still, I like blackberries for apple pies or jam and having seen the price supermarkets are asking for blackberries, I'm not going to complain about them. Just stay by the fence, will you?
Monday, 26 August 2013
a big bag of runner beans with thinnings from the allotment apple and pear trees
lots of blackberries and a few late strawberries
a mixed bag of cabbage, rhubarb sticks and leeks
Sunday, 25 August 2013
Into late summer now and the garden is turning orange!
with blue platycodons
and pink hollyhocks for contrast.
Friday, 23 August 2013
Gardeners always seem to be thinking one or two seasons ahead so with Autumn fast approaching it's time to think about gathering seed ready for next Spring.
We've has peas and broad beans spread out to dry for a while. Some of these will be eaten, the messier ones saved for seed.
Now I have the kitchen windowsill covered in foil trays filled with drying seed pods - these are winter salad leaves in the pod..
Sunday, 18 August 2013
we've just returned from a week's holiday so have lots of veg that needs picking NOW - before it bolts or gets completely eaten by birds/slugs/snails!
We found a couple of spring cabbage - that should really have been ready to pick before now.
A massive cucumber - the outer is rather tough so for once I'm peeling it.
Various spinach/ lettuce leaves
courgettes - before our holiday, I said we didn't have the glut that others growers had been talking about. Looks like the plants are determined to prove us wrong.
Another scraggy cauliflower and some runner beans
a pleasant surprise - lots of blackberries. we've picked easily twice this amount in the last couple of days but now they may slow down.
and we've started to lift some onions - just the ones we need for cooking at the moment.
Saturday, 17 August 2013
Tuesday, 6 August 2013
We've harvested such a lot of all sorts of things this week that it rather feels like this post should be "what WASN'T picked this week".
Runner beans, broad beans, two very nice cauliflowers, all the first early potatoes, red cabbage, green cabbage, starting-to-bolt lettuce, peas, cucumber, beetroot, a turnip, raspberries and the first blackberry and tomato!
Sunday, 4 August 2013
Although we've had more rain recently, the garden still feels dry and tired.
|Platycodon bud ready to open|
It feels like the world's waiting for a late summer flush of flowers. For now though there are a few hidden here and there.
|Scented pink rose|
|Curious combo of roses and rhubarb|
|wild flower seed mix|