Sunday, 27 September 2009

All this seasons chillis harvested now.
A bit of a surprise as i thought i was going to get no sweetcorn this year but when i went to clear the area the cobs had come on a lot in the last couple of weeks and we have a few as you can see!
The courgettes are still coming through in good numbers with the good weather we have had recently.

Sunday, 20 September 2009

another week

passes and i have been down to the plot a couple of times, mostly weeding and digging over areas for the winter. I got in another tray of strawberries, only 2 to go!!
I plan to sow more green manures into the newly dug areas, i saw some of the mustard cress i sowed last year in the shops and will get some of that as it covered a good area last time and not to difficult to dig in.

I noticed also in the area where i removed the broad beans some new shoots have sprouted up, obviously some beans were left behind. Coincidently my
plotter friend gave me a handful of his broad bean seed for overwintering green manure so i put that in around the shoots.

In the greenhouse i picked all the remaining chillis and strung them up, although several went into a 'chilli courgette tomato' relish which is very good.

Sunday, 13 September 2009

work done.

Feels like i got some good work done over the last few days, a good amount of weeding and ground turned over, and started putting in the strawberries from the ones cultivated in the garden growbags.
I managed to get in the first 3 trays, about 10 per tray, so only another 25 ish to go!!

The plot provided a good amount of crops over the last few days for meals in our house which was nice, but the pea's and runner beans are over now, so i cut the beans stems and left them on the canes to dry for next years seed. i also picked some peas to dry in the shed, alongside the sunflower heads for the kids to plant next year.

Still cropping courgettes, cucumbers,carrots, swiss chard and spinach beet. The bak choi is bolting and seems to have attracted caterpillars but the winter lettuce is coming on well, alongside the pumpkins swelling up.

I picked another 15 or so chillis, same variety as before, and strung them up. I'll next pick the Jalapeño ones which has going to be a smaller crop then the Fresno variety.

Tuesday, 8 September 2009

pic update

I have raked this area over, its where the potatoes were, and sown up to the rake a green manure 'Hungarian rye'.
This shot below shows the area i sowed with another green manure after lifting the onions. Even though i sowed it pretty evenly it still comes up patchy, which i think is from where i raked the seed in. I may sow some mustard seed into the gaps.
The pumpkin wrapping itself around everything, about 3 good size fruits are coming on now, and in the front are the winter lettuce.The climbing cucumbers have worked well, we have had quite a few from them, 2 picked today are on the top, and they taste quite good, skin is obviously a bit thicker than the greenhouse type.
Isobel eating one of her purple carrots!

Max helps with the chillis.

Harvested about twenty of the 'fresno' chillis which are moderately hot and there are about another dozen on the plant, plus i have not yet harvested the jalapeño ones.

Friday, 4 September 2009

I have managed to get up to the plot a couple of times in the last week, usually briefly, due to the bad weather. Battling the weeds as much as i can, and picking runner beans, peas, courgettes, carrots and raspberries. And cucumbers, which are quite nice, slightly tougher skin.

The beetroots are piling up, i need to start pickling and chutney production soon, in fact i bought some white wine vinegar and other ingredients today, i have a recipe for 'hot tomato chilli and pepper' which i am going to adapt using courgettes also.

A few people had there beans blown over this week, and unfortunately my sweetcorn have been knocked about a bit, the pak choi are bolting and the little gem lettuce went over but i sowed some winter lettuce which is now coming good.

In the greenhouse the tomatoes are slowly ripening, and the ones that do are soon picked and eaten by my son! The chilllis are also doing well, alot have already turned red, and i will harvest and dry them soon.
I also have started drying some of the french beans for next years seed, and found a few pea pods that also had dried so saved them too.
I also acquired some wood, and really really need to start building my own compost bin. I bought a comfrey 'bocking 14' plant and potted that up for next year.

Finally, fruit wise, the strawberries will be put into the plot soon, about 50 plants currently, and the raspberries had a few more canes added to the row but i also noticed a few new canes sprouting up too. I next need to plan where a blackberry plant will go and buy and put it in within the next 2 months.