Sunday, 27 October 2013
We only managed to get down to the allotment once this week - but it was worth the trip.
I was surprised to find so many tomatoes still ripening
and lots of raspberries
even another round cucumber, peppers and courgettes - and a tiny butternut squash
some small broccoli florets and lots of spinach again - there's almost more there of it than we can eat.
salad leaves from the garden
and radish and spring onions
Sunday, 20 October 2013
A couple of nice surprises at the allotment this week - far more autumn raspberries than I expected. I thought the damp weather would have slowed them down but they seem to have continued growing and ripening despite it.
and while starting to clear out the sweetcorn, I discovered some undeveloped cobs which will do nicely for stir fry
And the 'usual suspects' - tomatoes
radishes and the first spring onions from the September sowing
small peppers, crystal lemon cucumber and a courgette
a whole heap of beans - runners, broad, french, borlotto - and somewhere in there a few peapods
dirty crops - beetroot, turnips and purple radish
teeny cauliflower and very late spring cabbage
Thursday, 17 October 2013
I often find cabbages hard to uproot, so when I wanted to crop these I just cut the cabbage off and left the stalk in the ground. They were both in areas that didn't need to be dug over, so they sat there, just looking stumpy for a couple of months - then they started to grow again.
I expected at best to get some loose leaves from them but left them just in case - and now there's a fine second crop of cabbages! They aren't as large as the original cabbage heads but they may still grow.
I think in future I'll do this with all cabbages, if the ground isn't wanted immediately for another crop. It's the laziest way of growing them, ever :)
Wednesday, 16 October 2013
These aren't the nice fat bulbs found on sale in shops but the wizened inedible bits and pieces left hanging round the kitchen. Not all of them will grow and the amount of garlic produced isn't going to be anything like the quantity I'd get from new bulbs - but it's free and it saves me just throwing these scraps away.
Sunday, 13 October 2013
The week started wonderfully sunny but with cold night time temperatures threatening by mid-week we decided to start clearing out the more 'exotic' veg - so more tomatoes...
...lots of peppers, chillies, courgettes, our only aubergines and a tiny pumpkin
french beans and peas..
..and more of the 'drying beans'
hoping this won't be the last of the soft fruit
the last of the allotment apples and pears - still have one apple tree left to clear at home
now on to winter 'staples' spinach, cauliflower and broccoli
Tuesday, 8 October 2013
Monday, 7 October 2013
autumn fruits - blackberries, grapes, raspberries and, amazingly, strawberries
and, of course, apples - quite a lot, all of a good size but marked by bugs
lots and lots of cucumbers
some green peppers
and some red
continuing to clear outdoor tomatoes as soon as they're big enough to pick
though indoor cherry tomatoes are still ripening
I've cleared most of the remaining cobs of corn this week and also collected some smaller ones to add to stir fries
a solitary courgette
out first squash of this year - not very large and not really the right shape for a butternut variety
french and borlotto beans to dry
runner beans to freeze
and a few more late-cropping broad beans
spinach - self-set amongst the cabbage but cropping really well
and last but not least, a cabbage