Wednesday, 25 June 2008
My very 1st potatoes - home grown - and they were YUMMY
I simply boiled them and added some salt and pepper. They tasted sweet, but not in an overpowering way - more, more, more - my mouth is watering just typing this!!!
Wednesday, 18 June 2008
Ah - the carrots - maybe a bit more thining needed?
I am not going to chuck them - I will just wash away the soil and chop them up for tonights dinner - I will then start again but this time I will remember to thin them more!
Monday, 16 June 2008
That's all folks - I just had to share this wonderful lotty experience with you.
From the lotty to the table in 5 minutes - that's the way to do it!!
Sunday, 15 June 2008
Now another glamourous lady that I would like to introduce you to is Mavis. I have mentioned her many a time, as she is my lotty neighbour & gives me heaps of advice, is always up for a good old chat and works 4 plots!!! 4 plots! can you believe that? Well I recently discovered that she grows alot of fruit & veg for her charity work and makes 100 Christmas Cakes every year - again to sell for Charity - what a remarkable lady.
Mavis told me yesterday, that she was 3 ft from the Queen - Queen Elizabeth II - that very morning as she had tickets for the trooping of the colour - a magnificent event - a Royal "must see" and there she was, a few hours later - squishing the black fly on her broad beans!
That's me below on plot 142 watering the Beetroots & Parsnips - can you make out Hilda in the background on 144??
This is Susan's bed with her pink Twirly
My Orange (now Yellow) Twirly is in the picture too. I think we started off a Twirly trend as there are quite a few Twirly's on the lotty now - maybe a scarecrow trend will follow?
Monday, 9 June 2008
Well, as I only had 2 hours, I got on with some serious weeding. I don't know where all the blighters come from. Still, it all added up to a good work out.
My lotty friend Susan, kindly bought me a little plaque for my herb trough.
How cute is that!
Another surprise was my first Nasturtium flower
These wonderful flowers on the potato plants. The flower above is from my Earlies & the flower below from my Late Earlies
My next surpise was the size that my pepper plants had got to!
And then my pumpkin plant surprised me as that too was in flower!
And if that wasn't enough, my husband then surprised my by asking if he could have his own little bit on my new plot 144 - Well I never - I am soooooo pleased!
Thursday, 5 June 2008
I finally managed to escape to the lotty yesterday evening at around 6.40pm. I desperately needed to get away from the 12 hour days that I was spending at my computer for work. So I thought to myself "lotty therapy" that's what I need!
My first 20minutes was stood there speaking to the wonderful Mavis who is always a pleasure to chat to. We discovered that I know her son in law through work - small world eh!
I was just saying to Mavis that coming to the lotty was and adventure an exciting adventure because you never know what you would or indeed could find on each visit, and to my astonishment I had my own excitement there and then - yes - something to get VERY excited about - a COURGETTE flower!
Sunday, 1 June 2008
So I now have 6 "normal" tomato plants growing in front of the runner bean wigwam.
At 12 I had to go home and I returned at around 2pm. My intention was to plant my cobra bean plants which have been in my cold frame, but Nigel must have been well busy (bless his cotton socks - he was probably planting some of his 200+ broad bean plants !!!) as my canes were still on the floor/soil. To my great fortune I was rescued by Paul and Dr. Doom.
This IS Dr. Doom!
Paul kindly put up the wigwam for me whilst Dr. Doom looked on and breathed like Darth Vader. So the Cobra bean project was still on schedule! Hooray!!
They can be differentiated from the runner beans as the leaves are more crinkley &
the fact that the seed pod is half way up the stalk!
I also made up a sign "free to a good home" as mentioned on my earlier blog of today, so hopefully someone will want them and take them to a good planting place.
I then returned to plot 142 to have a natter with my co allotmenteer Susan and her husband Robert who were busy weeding away. I also weeded around and about and thinned my carrots and beetroots. I also discovered that I might have a pumpkin growing as there is a little round ball underneath one of the flowers! How very exciting it all is!
Robert complimented me on my lovely radishes that I shared with them the other week. I have sown some more between the parsnips and will probably sow another lot between the brussels as there seems to be a bit of space available here now.
In my Bed #2 - the sweet pea, chilli & pepper bed I planted some more tomatoes - a mixture of marmande, cercise & normal where the garlic failed. I have now taken the poly tunnels from the previous planted tomatoes (see "Read all about it - my 1st radishes") and they are doing VERY well - well I think they are anyway!
What a busy busy day! I just hope that the weather is good to us all - vegetable growers worldwide for the next few months.
A greeting to my worldwide bloggers -
"Sawadeeka" (Thai) "Namaste" (India) "Bonjour" (France) "Guten Tag" (German) "Buon giorno" (Italy) "Merħba" (Maltese) "G'day" (Australia) "Hi" (USA) "Selamat datang" (Malaysia) "Jambo" (Kenya) "salaam aleikum"(Arabic) "konnichiha" (Japanese) "Hola" (Spain)
So, something small acheived for this week at last.
I also thinned down my runner beans as according to lotty wisedom, I had too many plants round a cane. The extra's I popped back into the ground in a clump just outside the wood edging and will put a sign next to these - Free to a good home.
Today is Sunday 1st June and I woke up to rain. However it does look as though it is brightening up and the forecast says that we will have sunny spells later, so I am off to the lotty shop now to purchase some 8 ft canes and a tall man!
I would also like to clear a small area to put my tomato grow bags down, and plant my "normal" tomatoes into. My Marmande & Cercise are doing very well indeed and I even know what to do with the side shoots - thanks to Mavis!
Will update later......