It was a strange annoying week; mainly because of illness. But I’m back on form and feeling much better!
I caught up with Monty Don. He gave his greenhouse a clean before winter sets in. Im assuming Monty has more than one greenhouse ;), as mine is still busy! He cleared, scrubbed, washed and then bubble wrapped; for winter insulation.
What I learnt:
– big bubbles are key
– no gaps!
….then I look at my grubby greenhouse on Sunday. So I made a start. I cleared my tomatoes and near filled my second compost bin. I then attempted to move my cape gooseberry plants, with the aim to get more sun. You know when you know it’s a bad idea… And you do it anyway… And then you think ‘it can’t get any worse’. By which time half the plant had been ripped off… Plant limbs strewn around your greenhouse. Needless to say I moved one grow bag and I left the others. If anybody has grown them they will know they become rather large plants! Anyway I took my fruit casualties home… With hope they might ripen if left in the sun and a mini greenhouse. Fingers crossed!!
I used my grow bag soil for bulb layering experiments. I can’t wait for spring to see these beauties!
I had a ‘mini’ weed and have eyed up some spots for manure next week. I’m keen to let some areas rest over winter and get some goodness back into the soil!
Padron peppers and some hot ones I’m to scared to pick
We had a holiday day on Monday ….yipee!
And I managed to get a garden shop visit in! So we stopped at Wisely. I got my first carnivorous plant to live in my greenhouse to eat those pesky bugs (does this make me a bad vegetarian, oooops!?) And I got two new mini succulent plants for the house to add to my collection!
I even did some chessnut collecting 🙂
On our travels we stopped at my parents and got two big bags of Apple’s! One cooking, the other eating! So I have crumble plans and also Apple and raspberry jam plans!
I’m back after a weeks holiday! Beach eat sleep repeat. It was blissful!
And the plot has had a great time being looked after by my mother! Although I sespect she harvested nothing…. as this is my bounty!
So I have set to work, and made:
-Leeks and potatoes from previous harvest went into dinner last night
I plan to make:
-Tomatoe, courgette and chilli chutney… Not sure if I will do a few variations and also get some green tomatoes involved…I have tried a few recipes in the past …but any suggestions?
– possible some sort of pickled chilli and Courgette?
-pickled beetroots or beetroot chutney?
Basically our house will smell rancid with chutney wafts this week!! I’m thinking to try and make a chutney each night after work 🙂
…Can you make leek chutney?!
My parents saved the sunflowers with some large wooden stakes….and fixed up my raspberries. Once I have had all the fruit this year I need to work out how to cut them back (3 different season varieties) and then set up a proper training system for next year! 🙂 this was my first year with raspberries and I have to say they are amazing!!
Things I should have done:
Dug up my late potatoes. Although they are still flowering!?
Cut back my tomatoes (removing lower branches) to help to green ones to get ripe (not that it’s an issue at the moment) but they do need to be organised as I have let them run wild!
Admired my flowers
General tidy and organise!
The plot has been plodding along. It’s a great time as it mostly takes care of itself… Just add water!
The eat list:
-the final onions red and white
-tomatoes! at last!!
-rocket and spinach
Over the weekend: 2 hours quick visit
-Pulled up my final onions
-moved and spaced my chard seedlings to take up the onions space
-spaced out my sweet pea seedlings
Things I’m excited about this week:
-my sunflowers are looking pretty awesome. Most are lined up along the front edge of my plot. Can’t wait for them to flower!! Think I have about 12 sunflowers dotted around my plot this year.
-more padron peppers. We had our first last week! they were amazing fried in a pan with my courgettes.
-Put another potted courgette in… Taking up the first potatoes spot.
Things I need to do:
-Strawberry runners in pots. I have moved plants every year, but this year the oldies are going to be replaced with baby runners! (finally a chance to tidy up) So I need to get some strong runners set.
-Get some raspberry training wires set up.. As they are starting to get a bit crazy!
-Look at collecting sweet pea seedlings. So I know the colours!!
– Get potatoes up… Asap! As it rained so much I’m just waiting for the right moment!!
-Decide what I can grow in potato bed over Autumn to winter. Any ideas?
I’m reading ‘The Jewel Garden’ by Sarah and Monty Don at the moment. Feeling very inspired!!
On my mini plot visit today I dug up my first lot of main crop potatoes.
I has hoped for more. But it’s ok for a start. I found my first rotten potato 😦 so I quickly chopped my other plant tops off. I read that this helps the skins to set ready to pull them up for storage. 2 weeks time I will update!
Other than potatoes I got…
Lots of tomatoes and two lovely sunflower heads!
Today we picked;
1 huge sunflower
2 sweetcorn (us 1, squirrels 0)
Beans and we also got a gift of some extra beans! Which always nice!
Yesterday I did some much needed weeding…and got the 1st pot bed back in action for some all year round lettuce.
Feel a bit sad to see beds empty, so I need a plan to keep them busy….
Pulled up half the second bed of early pots, probably a bit of a bad idea with the weather, but just keen to see what’s happening…lots of potatoes to eat!