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.