Monday, November 5, 2012

November Fifth

Even the grape vines are showing the frost damage....

One or two tomatoes are still hanging on in there, which given the frosts we have been having is not bad for November. The squashes are on the compost heap as are many of the tomatoes, some peppers and chillies still hanging on in there.

Seeds hung up to dry  these ones are coriander, they make the whole polytunnel fragrant, even over the black leaf basil which is some feat! 

Gratuitous hound picture - it's warmer indoors than out. 

Saturday, October 20, 2012

Stairway to Heaven

After the morning stroll it was time for some hard work! The pathway up to the polytunnel, a path well travelled indeed, has been deteriorating at some rate. Think mudslide and you are close. Having landed unfortunately one last time, steps were taken to prevent this reoccurring( it is very embarrassing to slide down a hill on your butt at my age indeed!!)
So stakes were sawn, hammered into the ground, barriers wedged and the resulting steps filled with stones and pebbles.
See what I mean about the mud - that gloriously sticky squishy sort. This is by no means the finished item, but at least it is a start. Next drainage channels need pick-axing out and the resultant waters diverted into a stream down the length of the farm to the pond. Like it needs more water.....
Just as a finale - the tomatoes are still ripening and we are hoping the pumpkin will ripen in time for the Halloween party.

My Halloween pumpkin or November soup?

Form For Sale

Form for sale - well lived in, one room, air conditioning, fabulous location.
Would suit broody hare for spring season.
Vacant possession due to the neighbourhood going to the dogs....

Friday, October 5, 2012

Lessons learned

A brief review of some of the lessons learned from this first year in the polytunnel.

Beans thrive out of doors as do peas. Next year all the peas and beans are going into a designated plot outside, this means digging over and fencing off a new zone over winter.

Ventilation is necessary both doors need to be open to keep the air moving through otherwise it becomes too humid and this causes problems.

SLUGS ARE EVIL - well actually I already knew that but lest you lower your guard and forget......

Quality and not quantity will be my bywords when buying seeds for next season. 

Grow what you eat normally otherwise it will be wasted. Translates into more strawberries, raspberries and general fruit required!

And how could I forget - label the seeds and don't mix them up!!

 Twining kiwi plant
 The chilli formerly unidentified now known to be Nepalese Bell 

The pumpkin is just starting to ripen - should be just about right for Halloween!
Gratuitous hound shot slipped into the frame ;)

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Pasta sauce box

Pasta sauce box - beef, plum and cherry tomatoes, sweet red pepper, basil and oregano - oh and a few black beans just because they were ready! The onions are strung up and hanging so forgot to include a couple.

Sunday, September 30, 2012

It's the end of September.......

Monster chilli
I must pay more attention to labelling the seed trays - in the move they all got mixed up and now I have no idea what this monster witch chilli is??

 Ok pumpkin you have 31 days to turn orange

Friday, August 31, 2012

Apples - poor year

This year has been terrible for the harvest, if you can even call it that!Out of thirty plus trees the number of apples left on the branches is countable on one hand *sighs* Between the high winds and heavy rainstorms the trees have been stripped bare at each and every turn. Don't even dare to mention the thieving saluki, who unbeknownst to us had been reaching up into the trees and plucking apples, and then running around with them like a ball. In fairness when I saw her running about I thought it was a tennis ball - same vibrant lime green! Ah well next year maybe........

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Still harvesting

Still continuing to pick 5 kilos of tomatoes most days - may have over planted this year lol The peppers are finally growing larger but still stubbornly green. The chillies are abundant and everywhere, but also stubbornly green. Hoping for a seriously sunny September. That said I am all out of kilner jars.....

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Galway Roses

I know I should really know the names of these roses, they are just under the blanket umbrella label of old English roses. The perfume from them is glorious and fills the area by the polytunnel. The garden is not just for growing vegetables and herbs!

Not roses but todays crop of tomatoes ranging from fat plum varieties to beef and cherry. All thrown into the same pot and now in freezer bags awaiting room in the freezer. Still tons left over for another batch of chilli chutney, gonna have enough to last the whole winter at this rate, still tons of tomatoes and chillies to come. Happy days indeed....... 

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Pumpkin, chilli harvest pickle.

With sooo many tomatoes literally falling off the vines I decided that it was time for the first pickle to be made. This is usually a few weeks later into Autumn but the produce is ripening thick and fast and aint about to hang around for the calendar to keep up. This is a batch of b/c grades - not about to waste the delicious tomato and basil salads!

 Same goes for the pumpkin - not about to hang in for Halloween - at least there were plenty of seeds in this one.

 A before it is cooked just about to bottle up now....and boy does it smell gorgeous.

Thursday, August 9, 2012

Harvesting daily

Organised chaos - honestly !! Ok ok, so just chaos.....

One of my favourite herb beds, interspersed with old English roses, just the best for cutting. The fragrances are something else, intermingling and coming and going in intensity at different times of the day. 
The pumpkins are small and miss shapes but the second generation are sprouting ready for Halloween.
Not too sure which variety of tomato this is - but they are looking awesome! Putting the pumpkins in the shade lol