Saturday, October 28, 2006

A 'fine fat leek' to quote Jane Grigson.I have at last managed to spend a few minutes at the allotment today. Posted by Picasa

All the onions seem to have germinated, but there was no sign of the garlic or broad beans yet. (I dug for a clove to check though and it did have firm roots and a tiny shoot.) Posted by Picasa

At last the maple is beginning to show its Autumn colours. Posted by Picasa

Thursday, October 26, 2006

The 'usual' view is changing a little now as the Autumn progresses. Posted by Picasa

You can see in the distance where the sweetcorn and crystal apple cucumbers were until very recently. Things are in danger of looking a bit sorted in this part of the allotment! I also took out the not very productive gooseberry bush which was in the corner of this bed (out of picture.) Posted by Picasa

I put three rows of broad beans in the bed where the courgettes & squashes were growing. First time I've used rows in raised beds but i thought I'd give it a go using strings either side if the beans need supporting. Posted by Picasa

Here are the onions & shallots I put in last week partially protected against birds. Posted by Picasa

This is the area where the new beds should be going - a good Autumn job if we get some reasonably dry weather for a day or two! Posted by Picasa

There are still some raspberries which I should be picking. Actually I have been ill in bed all this week so haven't been down at all - should be feeling more like it tomorrow though as I have been able to get a couple of things done at home today. Posted by Picasa

What a strange thing a neglected seed potato can become!!! Posted by Picasa

This is where I am intending to plant an apple tree this Autumn. Posted by Picasa

Sunday, October 15, 2006

Here are forty garlic cloves waiting to be planted.... Posted by Picasa

...and here they are in situ in the sandpit bed at the end of the newly-cleared tomato patch (and a right messy job that was!) Posted by Picasa

This bed (which had the tulips in it last Winter) is now ready for some overwintering red onion sets. Posted by Picasa

The broccoli seem to be doing Ok, along with the chard and some leeks in the seedbed frame. There are still one or two courgettes left in the foreground. The raspberries behind need picking badly but I did a few jobs instead today and didn't have time. Posted by Picasa

Saturday, October 14, 2006

The carpet is keeping the weeds down on the two bottom beds until they are needed. One of these is the lamb's lettuce bed but I should get enough from the uncovered area at the end. This and ther next few pictures are all fron yesterday, Friday 13th October. I am having trouble posting as blogger is leaving blank spaces at the bottom of a lot of the pics - very frustrating!Posted by Picasa

The chard in the seedbed frame is flourishing. Posted by Picasa

These courgettes look a bit past it but we are still getting some from them. Posted by Picasa

Thursday, October 12, 2006

All the following posts are using pictures from the 29th Sept as I try and catch up a little. The sky was striking later as we took the dog for a walk. Sue is enjoying a quiet moment waiting for me to get my boots on etc... (not for the first time) Posted by Picasa

The sky is constantly changing and on the right evening seems to get more and more breathtaking, even when the sun has disappeared. Posted by Picasa

This is one of the enterprising Crown Prince that I picked earlier this week - it fell off the hedge in the end and the slugs were taking an interest! Posted by Picasa

The tomatoes have finished now and are awaiting the Autumn tidy... ...and some of them look distinctly iffy! Posted by Picasa

These courgettes (Romanescu) have had it now. They took off straight away when I put them in. The white ones that went in before them and struggled started a lot later and are still producing courgettes, so it worked out OK! Posted by Picasa

The sweetcorn flourished this year in the end and we are still getting plenty from them. I love the patterns the darker grains make in this variety.

Wednesday, October 11, 2006

So...back to the allotment!...this is the most recent photo of the 'usual' view, taken on the 29th September, I'm afraid!
I did go down yesterday and picked some sweetcorn & weeded the sandpit bed where the onions had been but I forgot my camera.Everything is looking a bit overgrown at the moment. I picked 3 of the crown Prince squash yesterday but if you want to see a really fine collection of squashes follow the link on the right to Dave's Allotment - they're brilliant
.I need a good couple of days down the lottie over half term to sort things out a bit - here's hoping! Posted by Picasa

Saturday, October 07, 2006

At last I am posting some France pics (in the light of my new-found enthusiasm on realising that people are still visiting me! (See below!)
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