Wednesday, 31 August 2016

Blueberry Thrill

This is the first year I can claim to have got a good crop from the blueberries.  Checking back it was spring 2010 when three twigs arrived in the post and were planted out. (The advert featured a picture of bushes as tall as the child standing next to them)

March 2010
All they need is an acid soil, plenty of water, feeding, sympathetic pruning, some support protection from birds, regular picking and lots of time!

July 2016

The following link is to my 2012 post describing the early years:

Blueberry History

Wednesday, 24 August 2016

Gigantic Garlic

The garlic crop has been good this year:

Elephant garlic is the only one that has survived the generations.  All this came from a single clove I bought in 2011 (It cost me £1). Here's how it looked after just one year:

Second generation Elphant Garlic in middle

The elephant garlic is a big fan of the weed suppressant fabric:

When you roll it back for lifting here's what you get:

Keen to keep the benefit I am sure to roll the fabric back until the next crop (which will be potatoes next spring)

The next elephant garlic (and the rest of the alliums) will be planted through the fabric already in place for this year's sweetcorn and courgettes/marrows and pumpkins which followed on from the brassicas last year.  So I'm getting three years use out of each "carpet fitting" of WSF!

Tuesday, 16 August 2016

It's All Kicking Off

No not the Premier League.  After a busy week I got to the plot today to discover everything is responding to the sunshine following the rain.

The courgettes are living up to their reputation for putting on a spurt as soon as your back is turned:

A nice surprise was the first cabbage. It's called Greyhound for a reason!

but the first red cabbage is ready too.

The Mangetout have started developing peas:

And once you have one runner bean ,,,,

One thing that had died back was the Elephant Garlic tops.  Time to dig it up for drying out.

Returning home I can report that the first tomatoes (Sungold) are ripening.

Thursday, 28 July 2016

Postcard from Prague

I've mentioned before that I had resisted the picture postcard views of Prague. Well my resistance has melted away and I would be more than happy to send you any of the following shots from our holiday:

Prague Castle from the Petrin Hill (1)

Prague Castle from the Petrin Hill (2)

National Theatre

Zizkov Tower

Church of the Most Sacred Heart

Old Square

Astronomical Clock Detail

St Ludmilas - Peace Square

Jan Hus Statue

St Vitus Cathedral - Prague Castle

National Theatre Extension

Charles Bridge 

The Final Judgement - St Vitus' Cathedral

Charles Bridge in the rain

St Vitus' Cathedral

Masaryk Statue in front of  Castle Gates 

John Lennon Wall

Charles Bridge Access

Charles Bridge Statue

Wednesday, 27 July 2016

Tour of the Plot - Green is the Theme

 Returning from holiday  (OK I've remembered this is a gardening blog) everything is green

Admittedly that's because most weeds are green.. but the potatoes have formed a nice canopy:

The first green courgette has arrived:

Through the (admittedly black) fabric the sweetcorn is shooting up.

and under the mesh the carrots are making headway:

The French Beans are growing

with the Canadian Wonder taking the lead,

Here's a busy fringe of Salad Bowl lettuces and Swedes.

Jerusalem Artechokes

Globe Artechokes:


The raspberries are nearly done cropping, but still very verdant.

To complete the tour there are the alliums and...

...beyond them the brassicas.

Provided I can get back on top of the weeding these crops should thrive.

Hope you enjoyed the end of July tour.