WONKY VEGETABLES

This year my vegetables are doing very well, looking somewhat strange but tasting even better than before. I was sure the ground I prepared for the carrots was well dug over and free of stones but they are very strange. Huge – yes but the shapes…..20191003_161950

Very tasty! The tromboncino is great and keeps well.

3.OCTOBER

My plots were judged for the second time early in September, the usual in the city allotment competition. Now I can try and forget all about it as we won’t find out the result for some time. Today was one day that we didn’t have rain so I went down the allotment, just to see if there is anything else I could harvest. There always is!

My beetroot is just amazing – I can’t remember what I did to prepare the ground but it  worked. This is certainly the best harvest I have had in all my years growing veg there.

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Not just the beetroot, it is everything else – the last of the sweetcorn, runner beans, giant carrots and the best of all – raspberries! These are the autumn fruiting variety and they keep on giving.

Getting the second greenhouse certainly was worth it – another generous picking of tomatoes.

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You can’t beat a home-made tomato soup!

CARROTS

At last!! I am now convinced that the seeds I have used this year are the best – Flakkee. I know it is not perfect but I am happy with it.

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All of 974g!

I have got a good supply of the seeds ready for next year..

Watch this space.

CARROTS

I am happy – I have reached the, for me, impossible. I have managed to grow a long, large and straight carrot – well, almost.

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Almost perfect. As I always say – my Grandad was a very good gardener but he never grew carrots. The soil on his plot was rather stony and he rather concentrated his efforts on growing soft fruit and cucumbers.

HARVEST TIME…

…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.20180901_192321

One evening on a walk we saw some black grapes hanging over a fence, we picked some and the result is delicious jelly

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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.

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I bottled them in red wine, ever so tasty!

STILL GOING STRONG

I went away for almost two weeks and thought that I would find a bit of wilderness on the farm. Not so, everything survived well. My very good friend Irene watered the plants in the greenhouse and thanks to that I had a lovely crop of delicious tomatoes.

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That was a nice surprise because I started growing in the greenhouse rather late. I think these might be Gardener’s delight – I found the plant growing on a path! Gave it a good home and this is my reward.

I had the usual stalwarts – carrots and parsnips, also a very nice cabbage. Long may it continue.

 

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As usual, whenever I go away, I looked to buy some different seeds. I was in luck this time. Found a new seed company and managed to get some seeds – white onion. Not the little pearl onions as I know but full-size ones. I tasted them whilst away and they are very nice, mild and sweet. We shall see how I get on.

AT LAST

Every time I harvest my carrots I think of my Granddad who never grew them as the soil on his allotment was very stony. I think I have reached my desired result

Of course not all of them are like these but on the whole I’m happy.

SUCCESS

All seems to be growing well and I’m busy harvesting some fab vegetables. This must be the first year I managed to grow some decent carrots – I said that before, the variety is called Flakkee and I am delighted!

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Not only carrots are doing well but also the beetroot – a mix of types, all very tasty.

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The pigeons on our allotment are so desperate that they peck at anything, even lettuce seedlings! The only thing to do was to grow almost everything vulnerable in a net cage – garden peas for one. This is the first year I managed to pick a decent amount – only because I put them in one of my net cages.

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All in all – a great growing year so far.

CARROTS

It has taken all these years of working on the allotment and finally I managed to grow some half decent carrots.

My Grandad was a great gardener but he never grew them, he always said that he isn’t going to waste time – his soil was too full of stones and they always failed. I had a different problem – the dreaded carrot fly. But this year I chose some new (for me at least) seeds, called Flakkee.

And this is the first little bunch.

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