Saturday, 29 September 2007

Tuesday, 25 September 2007

Clearing up

the plot has been the order of the day when the weather has been amenable. Its been pretty much cleared now on one half, removing some well established bindweed and many other weeds. Some of the crops such as the mini leeks which had got established i had to sacrifice in order to properly clear the weeds.
The cabbages, broccoli's and cauliflowers that i planted earlier in the year all performed badly so were also removed bar one savoy cabbage which seems to have persevered.
The carrots are still coming up good though and have provided for two soups this week. And a few grins also!!
The white chard is also still growing well, and the swedes are swelling up too. The runner beans are over now and need removing, and i managed to dry out some of the beans for next year also.
In the greenhouse the aubergine plants have still only flowered but not produced any fruits, but the chillies continue to look good with several of each variety turning red now. I have found a chilli pickle recipe also which sounds good but requires massive amounts of spices as well as the chillies, potentially could blow my head off!
More of the same on the plot next week, weeding never ends. I have ordered and waiting for the onions and garlic to be delivered and have also got some overwintering lettuce to put in next week if it warms up which its forecast to do.

Tuesday, 4 September 2007

Big Jim

Here are 2 of my Big Jim's. One of the others has also turned red red now but was also starting to go off at the tip.

Monday, 3 September 2007

Digging it all up,

I've been starting to clear some of the plot, the area which had the potatoes has now got some winter/spring brassics, including claret and white types of sprouting broccolis, 2 cabbage varieties, and one type of cabbage. In total 50 plants now in for the slugs and birds to eat over winter!!!
I have also dug up all the beetroot and pickled it, this time using white wine vinegar and popping a few different chillies into each jar for a bit of a sweeter and hotter flavour this year.
In the greenhouse i have cropped a lot of the green tomatoes and made some chutney today, and will clear a few of the tomato plants out now to give the chillies more room, and hopefully the aubergine will start to fruit soon, lots of flowers but thats all, it maybe to late in the season though which i must check on. To be honest i'm getting into the mood for preparing for next year on the plot and the greenhouse while i have the time and the weather.
The chillies by the way are still looking good with many fruits on all 4 varieties i'm growing. The Etna and JalapeƱo are really quite nice and hot, the Padron and Big Jim bland really, and i have found many of the BigJim have started
going off once they reach about 15cm or so, i keep them with brown/black patches.