Friday, November 26, 2010

RDS Allotment Awards Photos

I got some photos of the awards winners at last! The basket of mouthwatering veg was a prop brought by the photographer and not grown by me, he also brought spades ,gloves etc.

All of the award winners, this is the first year of the awards so we are all inaugural winners!There was an award for novice gardeners,community gardens, allotment providers and experienced gardeners.Each category had 3 winners, receiving certificates and medals with the outright winner in each receiving a cheque also!
I am no longer at home in the mornings so the computer is only accessed in the evening when I have time and having a Spanish student who spends the evening on the computer has seriously curtailed my time online!I will be back to sole use of the computer after this week as he is returning home so I will have time to visit everybody again.
Gardening has also been curtailed due to the cold and frosty weather some parts of the country actually had snow yesterday! Leeks and turnips are being used and still in the ground at the allotment.I had to tussle with the leeks yesterday to get them out of the cold hard ground.
I have not been idle as I have been doing lots of baking in the evenings,cupcakes, birthday cakes,cheesecake, anything with apples and there are 2 Christmas puddings in the store cupboard.
The freezer is full with sprouts, which were blanched and frozen .I tried some of them during the week and they are as delicious as if they had been cooked fresh so Christmas veg is OK!
There are carrots and blackcurrants and tomato based pasta sauces.The allotment keeps on producing meals even after the outdoor season has finished, I probably would not have frozen anything if I had not been online to follow what other gardening bloggers were doing with their produce.
There are onions and garlic hanging in the shed which reminds me to say I have not grown any garlic this year, we have had 4 years of cossetting garlic which ended up with rust so have decided it is not worth the trouble!

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

After the Frost

I have not spent much time on the plot in the last couple of weeks due mainly to the weather conditions but yesterday was sunny and not too cold so I was able to do some clearing of beds.I dug all of the carrots ,a bit late probably as there is some worm or slug damage to a lot of them . I also cleared all of the sprouts as they seem to be early this year and I was afraid they would be past their best for the Christmas dinner!
I spent last evening blanching and freezing the sprouts and some of the carrots with another session of carrots this morning.I must do an inventory of what is actually in the freezer for the winter.
I pulled 2 leeks as D.Aisling is making pots of Leek and potato soup at the moment.
The leek bed with the cleared carrot bed in the foreground. The beds further down were cleared by Kathryn and Gemma and covered with manure for the winter.It all looked a bit bleak yesterday.
The blackcurrant bush which I pruned a couple of weeks ago, I took put about a third of the old wood. The whole fruit bed will be mulched with manure for the winter.
The rhubarb bed is running next to the fence which needs repairing after the storm last weekend. The rhubarb was a soggy mess from the recent frost so I cleared all the debris and this bed will be widened and mulched for the winter. The bed was too narrow and needs another couple of feet but the carrot bed was in use until now so that is another job to be done before the winter!

The turnips are coming on and will be a staple for the winter. We did not grow turnips in previous years so decided to try them this year.The turnips we buy in the shops are so hard it is almost impossible to cut or peel them, again the difference in the ones we grow is amazing!
Lots of work lined up for the next couple of weeks before the ground gets too hard to work.

Monday, November 1, 2010

For All Those Born Before 1950!

We are all survivors,consider the changes we have witnessed.
We were born before television,penicillin,polio shots, frozen foods, Xerox,contact lenses,frisbees and the Pill.
We were before radar,credit cards, laser beams and ballpoint pens.
We were before panty hose,dish washers,clothes driers, electric blankets,air conditioners,drip dry clothing and man walking on the moon.
We got married first then lived together, how quaint can you be?!
We were before house husbands,gay rights, computer dating and dual careers.
We were before daycare centres, group therapy,shopping malls and nursing homes.
We had never heard of FM radio,tape decks, electric typewriters,artificial hearts,word processors, mobile phones,email,yogurt and guys wearing ear rings.
For us Time Sharing meant togetherness not computers or condominiums.
A Chip meant a piece of wood
Hardware meant hardware and software was not even a word.
In 1950 'made in Japan' meant junk and the term 'making out'referred to how you did in an exam or interview.
Pizza, Mc Donalds and instant coffee were unheard of.
In our day cigarette smoking was fashionable,grass was mown, coke was a cold drink and pot was a thing you cooked in.
Rock music was Grandma's lullaby and aids were helpers in the Principal's office
We were certainly not before the difference between the sexes was discovered but we were surely before the 'sex change'.
We made do with what we had and were the last generation that were so dumb as to think you needed a husband to have a baby.
But we survived ! What better reason to celebrate! Cheers!
The above was given to me by D.Aisling and as it is too wet to go out in the garden I thought I would share it with you.