It is all go on the allotment. This year the raspberries are amazing, I manage to pick a large box every other day. Not sure what I did but whatever it was it worked.
The same goes for the red and white currants, beautiful. Here I know the reason, I did pamper all the fruit bushes in the fruit cage.
I also had my first harvest of courgettes and french beans. Both are great, it is amazing how different the taste is when the fruit and vegetables are freshly picked.
But the biggest surprise are the aubergines. I always thought that they would be difficult to grow – not so. I had one plant last year and it produced some tasty fruit. This year I’m amazed how many I have. It seems that every seed I put in the soil germinated, I have aubergines in the greenhouse in the back garden and in both greenhouses.
This is the biggest one so far. I have found a few good recipes and am looking forward to using them.
Not bad for one aubergine. I’ll have to decide which recipe to use….
The weather was rather uncertain today so I got busy harvesting as much and as quickly as I could. Difficult to choose where to start as everything is doing so well. I must have done something right at the start of the year to get this kind of harvest – in just a few hours in the morning. Not only in the greenhouse in the back garden – the aubergines are amazing, the very first time for me.
They made a delicious aubergine parmiggiana. The allotment is producing huge amounts of beetroot, courgettes and other goodies – the fig tree there is only a few years old but has some tasty figs.
For the first time I have so many tomatoes I have been making tomato soup every few days.
As I have two greenhouses on the allotment and one in the back garden I decided to grow aubergines from seed and hope for a good harvest. I use the garden greenhouse as a nursery and an overflow; that is why I have a grand specimen in a huge pot it here.
I have been feeding them with the diluted liquid from my wormery; the ones on the allotment are a bit behind but not much, they’ll soon catch up. All this is very encouraging and I have a plan for next year already – bigger pots and one greenhouse for tomatoes and the other for aubergines and cucumbers.
I am very happy with my tomatoes this year, I have two greenhouses and they are full of tomatoes and aubergines. So far I have only tiny aubergines but the tomatoes are doing great.
So far I made some tomato sauce and soup and will be making more.
I had a great day on the allotment today. The weather is good – so far – and I managed to finish sowing my carrots, beetroot and parsnips. The rest of my leeks are also in the ground – last year I managed to grow just 3 leeks, all the others failed. I am more than making up this year.
Another first is my celeriac. I have only tried once in the past and failed. This year I think is the year where I’m determined to succeed.
The tomatoes and aubergines are doing very well in the greenhouses….
…and strawberries and my fruit trees are in flower.
Plenty to keep the mason bees happy.
Today is the last Sunday of the year and the weather was very mild, almost like in the spring. I keep working on the allotment as long as the weather allows me. I have been lucky, the soil on out site drains very well so I can get on with my winter digging.
This is a part of my friend’s plot – he had a lot to organise at home and I offered to do some of his digging. Iust love digging!
Next job was to finish tidying the permanent courgette and squash structures. There were not too many weeds – surprise! – and I put a layer of the wood chip on the paths between them, that way I can walk there even on a wet day.
Just as I was finishing this my friend Dave came and told me that we are going to be putting together my greenhouse. He told me he’ll help when I first got it. I have been looking for another greenhouse for quite a while – one is just not enough as I’d like to have a go at growing water melons and more aubergines. There were moments when I thought that I made a mistake, all I saw was an organised pile of glass panes and the dismantled skeleton. It is nice to know somebody who knows exactly what to do with all this….
All I have to do now is to give it a good scrub – it has been lying there for a number of weeks, get some more clips to fix the panes of glass and build a couple of raised beds inside.
Watch this space.
…is here again. Even though we didn’t have much rain my harvest was great. I kept picking courgettes all the time, then carrots started. Now tomatoes are something else – I haven’t had a harvest like this yet and all of them are growing outside, in net cages. Amazing. I made passata, tomato soup, bottled chopped tomatoes for the winter, you name it and I made it. Even though beetroot didn’t germinate very well, I am picking some great ones, my Asian pears are delicious.
My little greenhouse on the allotment is well worth the money – never had so many cucumbers!
For the first time I managed to grow aubergines – I have a couple of plants in the greenhouse in the back garden and I have fruit on them! For the first time.
One evening on a walk we saw some black grapes hanging over a fence, we picked some and the result is delicious jelly
The only downside of it all is that I don’t have enough hours in the day. I’m feeling my age too.
The icing on the cake are my figs.
I bottled them in red wine, ever so tasty!
The days are getting longer but not really warmer; never mind, I can amuse myself in the greenhouse.
I have decided that it is just about time to continue with my sowing activities. I had a number of the new egg-shell halves in their boxes – it’ll be interesting to see how the seeds will grow. The greenhouse isn’t heated but it was pleasant enough to work there in the early afternoon.
Less is more – I didn’t always follow this motto but I made a new start this year and will stick to it.
So far I have a few of the following:
Kohl Rabi Modrava F1 – I like kohl rabi, it is getting more known here now but back in my home country it is quite common.
Sweet pepper Corno Rosso and Long red Marconi, Chilli pepper Cayenne
Two kinds of tomato – the outdoor variety San Marzano and Roma VF – I’ve never grown these so it’ll be very interesting to see how they do. They’ll be outside on the allotment but in a net cage – this’ll offer a bit of protection as I found last year with my Tomatillo.
Tomato Tigrella – will have a few of them on the allotment and a few in the greenhouse in the back garden, it’ll be interesting to compare.
Aubergine Black Beauty – I’m determined to grow them, so far I had no luck!
Cucumber Marketmore 76 – same plan here – some outside and one or two in the polytunnel.
Also some flower seeds went in – Rudbeckia Chocolate Orange, sweet pea Tall Spencer and a blue Delphinium.
Not only this but I started chitting some Charlotte potatoes for my granddaughter Eve to grow in bags, her first effort – may it be the first of many. Great to find a kindred spirit.