Monday, September 29, 2008
I dug out the remainder of the main crop potatoes..Kerr's pinks, they were blight free but very small. When we cut down the foliage to prevent the blight from going down to the tubers, they obviously were not developed enough.I think that would only be beneficial if they are fully grown, and can be left in the ground until needed.Next year we are only going to put in first and second earlies, as main crop take up too much space for too long, which we do not have.
Scarecrow may have thought he was taking it easy for the winter months but now he has garlic at the far end and onions to the foreground to keep the birds off of for the coming months. I was just going to dig up the pops, then I carried on and dug up the whole bed. After the tea break I thought I may as well plant everything out and be done with it. The nice straight lines are the marks of the plank I used to form the rows and not compact the soil too much by walking on it. I did not check if it was a root crop day or if it was the correct moon phase for planting as it is the only day I could spend a lot of time out there this week! I did not check if it was the correct sequence for follow on planting either, onions,leeks and carrots ( it causes forking in carrots) should only be planted in ground which does not have fresh manure as they do not like animal manure and are ideally suited to using garden compost. This bed was manured last year for the potatoes and has had nothing added since.
We will just have to wait and see.
To the right of the photo is the purple sprouting broccoli in its netting. they are coming on OK after a slow start, these were the ones we started in, and planted out in the newspaper pots, (see post for 9th July, Dave's advice ) If anyone can tell me how to link one post with another, please do leave a comment!
Thursday, September 25, 2008
The cucumber plants have taken on a new lease of life in the greenhouse,While the leaves on the end of the plants have turned yellow, the tops have put on a new spurt and there are about 3 or 4 on each of the three plants.The peppers are in the background but the sun has burned some of them, I turned them so that their leaves will hopefully protect them.
A closer up of the cucumbers
Our pumpkin has finally started turning yellow! We were beginning to wonder if it actually was a pumpkin. It is only now that it is getting some sunshine to ripen I suppose.
An update on the monster lurking on the compost ( horse Manure) heap! It is huge and the second one is nearly as big. There are lots of smaller ones too.
Wednesday, September 24, 2008
There were a lot of berries out but it was a shame to see all the lovely big ones rotting on the bushes after all the rain we have had.I picked about 3 lbs and with 4 cooking apples and 3 lbs of sugar made about 7 lbs of jam. That works out roughly 40 cent a pot of jam, and you cannot buy the taste of fresh blackberries!!
Sam my cavalier king charles dozing on the warm gravel out the back of the house
He could not keep his eyes open any longer!
Sunday, September 21, 2008
This is one on my contorted hazel in the front garden.
They were not small either, but layer on layer of fine detail
This one is joining two fuschia bushes
A classic cobweb
The leylandii in the back garden were covered with cobwebs! I did not think my camera was good enough to capture such fine detail ,so I was pleasantly surprised to get reasonably good photos of them.
Monday, September 15, 2008
The one cauliflower grew in to this strange shape? There are 2 more tiny golfball heads coming on, I just cut the top off of this one and added it to the compost heap.
The brussels sprouts are forming well, this is the biggest of 5 plants. Again we planted them too close together, I have never actually seen brussels sprouts growing on the plant until now!
These are the rows of parsnips and beetroot after being weeded. I also thinned out the beetroot and ..no I do not do 'before' photos! I cleaned up around the sprouts and removed all the yellowing leaves and also any that were too near the ground, why provide a spring board for the slugs and snails.One plant had about 10 caterpillers and small snails which I picked off and blasted the leaves with the hose.
At the end of the row you can see the Brussels sprouts in their new high rise netting, as they were too confined in the previous one. I had to pull one or two of the parsnips from beside the sprouts and they are about 14 ins long but finger thick!
Friday, September 12, 2008
While browsing through 'The Allotment Keeper's Handbook' I found that our blueberries were really acid loving plants. We had been blaming the birds for our lack of fruit! While on the http://www.irishgardeners.com/ website I found a thread about Blueberries and posted a query. I got a wealth of information and sites to link to about blueberries. Too long to post here, so if anyone has problems or wants to grow them I would advise logging on to the site.I also poached the photo as our blueberries never looked like this! In Ireland 'Hurts' were picked on mountains in the past.These were small blue berries, but Pine trees have been planted for the last number of years and a lot of our native trees and undergrowth have disappeared under this dark green blanket.I suppose it was a way to make unproductive mountain land to pay but I think people are only now realising the damage this forestation has caused to our native plants and wildlife. Blueberries are a relative of our long forgotten Hurts!
Wednesday, September 10, 2008
112/9/2008 Tree update.
When I was out in the allotment this morning I stood back and looked up at the tree. It is about 15ft high and is not dead as I had thought, it is a pear tree, with some sparse foliage towards the very top. There are 2 daredevil pears hanging on for dear life to the very top branch of the tree!! It is probably there since the allotment area was a walled orchard many years ago
We have twins growing on the manure heap!The one on the left is just visible peeking out from the leaves.They are the biggest of the pumpkins, but there are lots of smaller ones too.I should have taken a photo of the whole lot ,they are heading for the gate, I have never seen anything to grow so prolifically!
Our pumpkin on the plot is very lonely looking, but it is growing day by day.I raised it on to a flat stone to keep it up off of the ground. The leaves are going yellow and it has not produced another fruit that has developed? A cosseted only child?!
For new information on our allotment click in to Irish Allotments on the side link.Some great events to look forward to.
Monday, September 8, 2008
The tomatoes in the greenhouse, they are a good size but not too many of them.I took 8 nice red ones today and the same last week. The cucumber was also taken home today, the plants are going very yellow but there are some small cucumbers coming on as well. Fed them and watered them.
The celery earthed up again.There seems to be lots of leaves I hope that means lots of nice stalks too!
The leeks have been earthed up for the first time today. Some have put on quite good growth and a few are smaller. Only time will tell.
I had to cover the peas and beans with netting as something (the rabbits, I think) had eaten a few, about 10 half eaten ones were hanging on the plants. There is not enough for them and us!
Wednesday, September 3, 2008
Tuesday, September 2, 2008
Being serious,wondering what I am doing, flashing lights in his face!
He was 3 weeks old in these photos, he is 5 weeks old now.
He does this ooh with his mouth!
A right hook! suggesting I get that camera out of his face!
Monday, September 1, 2008
All life comes to the cove at some time. There is a riding stables nearby and the horses come down for a paddle in the evenings.The tide is in so there is none of the beach visible. At the end of the month this is where I will get the seaweed to mulch the asparagus, it comes in on every tide but it is cleaned most days during the summer. See more photos in photo gallery on side links.