Sunday, October 2, 2011

Rain,Rain go Away!


I have not been to the allotment for over a week because of torrential rain every day and I have not been able to get on to the blog because Blogger is so slow!I am not sure if it is Blogger or my Internet provider is at fault, I tried up loading photos but they took so long I just gave up.The new header pic was done last week and took nearly 20 mins to upload, which is why I am on here on Sun morning hoping nobody else is online yet!

Our leeks have settled in at last and are looking a little more healthy and whatever was nibbling on them has stopped.

I cleared the bean bed leaving the roots in the ground to rot down to provide nitrogen.The Lollo Rosso is not alone a splash of autumn colour but a tasty addition to our salads.

The strawberry bed was cleared of all old leaves and debris, the near row was 3 year old plants and were pulled up.Some of them had a second flush of strawberries so I left them but with the wet weather the slugs got to them first so now this side is completely cleared

Tomatoes in the greenhouse are slow to ripen still but there is a few ready to eat each time I go out.
I have been ripening tomatoes with the banana skins and I also tried the apple, both of then worked successfully in a dark cupboard.
The pepper plant has a few peppers on it which are green and probably will not redden at this stage of the year.
The Aubergine plant produced lots of flowers but nary a sign of anything else!

Our lone pumpkin, there were 2 similar sized ones but one just died off leaving us with one,this is the White Ghost pumpkin.

The new strawberry bed ,I planted out the runners at the end of this bed.We got donated turnip plants from Ger these are in the centre and our cabbage under netting is at the near end of the bed.

I have not take any photos of the pumpkins on the bank so far this year, our communal compost heap where the horse manure from the stables is piled up.The plants have now covered the whole bank and there are lots of pumpkins and gourds of all shapes and sizes hidden among the leaves.

3 of the biggest pumpkins peeping out.

The pumpkin which looks the biggest at the moment but we know from the past that it may not be the biggest on harvesting day.
The header pic is Aoife admiring the pumpkins about 2 weeks ago.
With the rain coming down unabated a lot of the work preparing beds for the winter has come to a stop for the time being. We will have to get in a few days before winter sets in as I have green manure ready to go down.
I bought it online from Seedaholic, I am always amazed at how fast their delivery time is, I bought it from their website one evening and I had it in the post 2 days later!It is an Irish company and they could teach a few more a thing or two.
Our UK counterparts are basking in record sunshine for Oct, please think of us dripping wet over here. The rain is either torrential or we cannot see in front of us with heavy wet mist!

9 comments:

Jo said...

Hi Peggy, I've been away in South Africa, ill for the past two weeks since returning to Kenya so only getting back to my blog visits now again. Did you say, pumpkins on a compost/manure heap? That's so neat. Stanley, my gardener here in the camp, has started a shamba (garden) below my ornamental (albeit indigenous) garden. Your blogger header is beautiful (especially the little lady) Hope your internet plays game soon! blessings and hugs Jo

PeggyR said...

Your stuff always looks so good! I can sympathize greatly with your sinus issues as I have had them since I was a child, they seem to be worse as an adult as well as the headaches that go along with them...Hugs, Peggy

W. Latane Barton said...

Your garden just never fails to amaze me. There seems to be something to eat at any given time.

Love your new header!! Such a pretty little girl (granddaughter??)

happiness to you... Latane

Willow said...

I hope the rain stops for you. We had that earlier this year. I love this time of the year except for one thing and that is I have to say goodbye to my garden til next year.

Why I garden... said...

My thoughts over the weekend as well 'rain rain go away' I was out in between showers trying to pick veg. Your pumpkin looks great, hope you get lots. Sometimes I find Blogger really slow too with photos and other times no probs. Hope a little sun comes our way soon, Kelli.

nic@nipitinthebud said...

Hi Peggy, hope things are drying out for you. Everythings dry, dry, dry here and I'm waiting for some rain to make the mammoth weeding task a little easier. The white fly on the greens are having a field day.

Weirdly our internet connection always goes a little iffy when we have huge downpours. G reckons water floods the phone line connection box at the end of the road.

Marie (once The Tile Lady) said...

The allotment is looking wonderful! Wow--what a nice pumpkin and everything so green! I have a pitiful beginning to my container garden (will post soon) but at least it is a beginning! By the way, after I read what you said about the banana skins, my friend was telling me that that is why vegetables are never transported in the same trucks that fruit has been shipped in, because of the gasses the fruit emits that cause ripening of the veggies. So apparently any fruit would work....I also have noticed that if you leave a tomato or really any fruit or veggie in a paper sack it will promote ripening as well.

Theanne and Baron said...

Hi Peggy...everything looks good...love the header! We've had a lot of rain here in west central Florida this summer...it's been great here I haven't had to water my outdoor plants but a couple of times this summer. How are the chickens?

Matron said...

Our moment of glorious hot weather has disappeared now. Had the fire and the electric blanket on last night. I remember seeing that huge pile of manure when I visited your patch. I remember thinking that it would be great to grow rambling pumpkins over it. Perhaps you could find some seed from one of the GIANT varieties next year and see what happens?