Wednesday, 25 August 2010
Keep On Running - and Plumming
So I potted up the extra rooted runners and here's the result for my late season "Florence". That's 18 seedlings from one plant! How vigorous is that? The "Judibell" and "Cambridge Favourite" produced a dozen each as well. They get planted out at the plot in a few weeks time.
The other surprise is that our 1 plum tree looks like producing a bumber crop for the second year in a row. This proves my drastic pruning last winter has been positively beneficial.
The only worry is whether they ripen before the end of summer. (The same problem as with the tomatoes) It's been a horrible week for sun and temperature. The beans have noticed and the courgettes have just about been stopped in their tracks. Still, from this one there is hope...
Monday, 23 August 2010
All choked up
They're about 6 feet tall and ready for a fall. I got half a dozen jerusalem artichokes from the greengrocers and slung them in the ground at the end of the plot. (I'd left rather too much space when I transplanted the rhubarb). Then I forgot about them. I think I lost a couple but the rest will provide gallons of soup this autumn. I'll chop them back at some point as the wind will blow them over, but I can't pluck up the courage to do it yet. Probably they'll blow down before I do. So, tell you what, I'll chop every second one down to 3 ft this weekend and see how they get on.
Here's the stack of climbing beans now. There's runners at each end and Barlotti beans for drying in the middle.
Here's how they started off:
And yes, Izzy, these are the beans from the experiment!
Glut on the table:
Thursday, 19 August 2010
The house of sticks
The little piggy filled greenhouse with tomato plants...
... and the wind came and shook the grenhouse to pieces.
even after he'd reinforced it with bamboo canes
So the little piggy taped it up as best he could and hoped he'd still get some ripe tomatoes,
...so far he hasn't
He should have realised when he read the notice on the carton of his "WALK IN GREENHOUSE":
Boy does he regret wasting £20 now!
Saturday, 14 August 2010
The Good the Bad and the Ugly Carrots
There were good
Sunday, 8 August 2010
Anyone for Fennel
and so do these:
Friday, 6 August 2010
Carrot & Stick
Yes, you've got it - Where's the carrot?
It started off with optimism:
My major investment (£26 if I recall correctly) in nets and supports were going to defeat the dreaded carrot fly. But then I had the bright idea of sowing parsnips along each side of the tunnel and carrots in the middle to be plucked out well before the parsnips matured. The results (above) speak for themselves.
My second net (with only one stray parsnip) is doing better.
But all in all carrots are a lot more fussy, and slower to grow, than I realised. Germination has been sporadic and returns have not been spectacular.
Next year I'll crack it!