Saturday, 24 July 2010

Lovely harvest and the monster cabbage!!!!

I went to plot today just to potter around and harvest some more veg and as you can see from pictures below I managed to pull a cabbage which weighed in at 6 and 1/2lb. The variety is durham early just had some for my dinner and it was lovely and sweet and still lots left I think it will take a week to eat it all up.
More courgettes another basket full and another huge crop of french and runner beans, I have also got another good sized portion of tumbler toms which so far I seem to have right this year as they taste a lot sweeter. The trouble I am having at the moment with the tumblers is stopping the branches snapping off where there are so many tomatoes on the plant, last year I put 2 plants per basket but I think that is too much as they compete for nutrients and one definetley does suffice.
Also forgot to add pulled my red onions up today they are red baron an as you can see I have them drying outside on rack. I pulled my stutgarter onions last week they are on racks drying in shed I will take pictures soon and post them for you all to see. The carrots that you see in the picture are not mine they were kindly given to me by my lottie neighbour Will, they were absolutely gorgous very sweet and perfect with my dinner.

Toms and pumpkins

Here are some photos of tomatoes and pumkins I took on the plot yesterday, as you can see it is all coming on nice indoors and out.

The pumpkins are Turks turban, jack o'lantern and butternut squash.

The tomatoes are inca, fantasio, alisa craig and tumbling in baskets also forgot to add currant variety I got from Sue during allotment plant swap!

Friday, 23 July 2010

Bumper yields!

I am picking this amount daily of courgettes!
Over 4 and half pound of runner St George!
Over 2lb of French cobra beans!!!
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Summer squash Rolet sweet and carmelised nicely in frying pan.

I need bigger set of scales.

Tuesday, 20 July 2010

Out with the old in with the new

Firstly appolgies for not blogging my computer has packed up so waiting to get it fixed!!!!!!

The past few weeks we have been very busy harvesting our first crops Broad beans, runner beans, french beans, courgettes(coming out of our ears), beetroot, lettuce, radish, all our early spuds(fantastic crop at least 50lb in weight), atlas cabbages(weighing a good few pound in weight), turnips, tumbling toms, strawberries, pak choi, rolet squash, garlic, mange tout and onions.

We have filled the gaps left by our first harvests with main crop spuds(sarpo mira), celeriac, second sowing mange tout(oregon sugar pod), beetroot, more runner beans and yesterday Harry one of the old allotmenters kindly gave me some leek plants. He also came down to my plot to show us how to plant them correctly which was a good lesson for the both of us. We love gaining knowledge from the likes of Harry and Bryn who have so many years of allotmenting behind them and local knowledge yo can not read in a book. Here are a few photos taken over the last few weeks I hope to add more of my harvests in te coming weeks!

Tuesday, 6 July 2010

Latest video on youtube!

Firstly appologies for not blogging for  while but illness in the family has had me not feeling up to it. I hope to take some more photos tommorow and will update blog as soon as possible but here is a video I did a couple of weeks back to show you all progress. I have been harvesting spuds, beetroot, pak choi, radishes, cabbage atlas, courgettes, tumbling toms, french climbers, runner st george, turnips, strawberies, raspberries and lettuce. I have also planted 2 weeks ago my main crop spuds sarpo mira. I will be back with a more pics soon enjoy the video sorry the captions are slightly out!