Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Rainy Day

Lots and lots of rain yesterday, but when it eased off I managed to get out in pick loads of beans, some runners, but mostly different types of climbing French bean, plus more tomatoes, but these seem to be slowing down. The air feels to have a definite nip in it this morning, I hope that isn't summer over already.

Saturday, August 22, 2009

More late sowings

Having removed some tired-looking salad leaves and weeds from one of the greenhouses the other day, after some soil preparation, I sowed some more lettuce seeds this morning (Little Gem, Lollo Rossa and Sonette). Hopefully, being under cover, they should give us some fresh green leaves well into winter.

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Tomatoes and Blueberries and ...


I thought I'd take a quick picture of some tomatoes, including green ones for pickling (there's about 3lbs of each) and of course a certain puppy just had to watch from between some blueberry pots.
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Brassica transplants and onions


Under the net (you should have seen all the cabbage whites fluttering about outside) various varieties of brassica, and some spring onions.
Below that more onions lifted and laid out (there are wire trays under there!) to dry; Brussels sprouts under the net behind, oh yes and some sweetcorn in-between.
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Just for fun

Walked down to friends' greenhouse to water their tomatoes while they were away and couldn't resist taking a picture of the scene nearby.
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Friday, August 14, 2009

Climate Change and Late Planting

Yes, I know I have got a bit of a cheek, but I thought I'd put out some more stuff and hope for a warm, bright Autumn - I don't want much do I?

So, where some of the onions have been harvested, I transplanted Cabbage, Cauliflower and Kale (Borecole), and intersowed those rows with some quick growing leaf crops: Polycress, Rocket - Rucola, and some Chinese leaves, for salad or stir-fry, and Kohl Rabi, which can fatten up in a month or so.

On another bed I have sown some carrots - well you never know, and 3 rows of Spinach - Giant Winter.

So we'll see, some of them will be OK anyway, and I might get lucky all round.

Monday, August 10, 2009

Flower Show







It was the village Flower Show on Saturday, with about 500 exhibits, everything from cakes to jams, potatoes to roses, woodcraft to photography; classes for children and the potato in a container weighing.

The weather was kind to us, with stalls outside for produce and tables for cream teas, leaving a bit more space for the exhibits and visitors indoors.

Thought you may enjoy a few pictures of the day.

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Where have I been?



There is a reason I haven't yet posted the topical advice for August (it is being done) and you can see for yourselves. We now have a puppy, the same cross as our daughter's (Australian cattle dog x border collie), she came home with us from Pen yr Ochr in Wales a few days ago.

I've done the August tips now