Category: edible gardening

Regular

I was down at the allotment for 9am this morning and it felt good to get an early start on all the clearing up. I got so much done below is a list for anyone who is interested.

– weeded four beds next to my greenhouse

– moved two small compost heaps into my new long bed

– layered and topped up my compost bins, adding shredded paper, grass cuttings and all the old cuttings and remnants of the plants I grew this year

– started some nettle fertiliser

– collected my first batch of leaves that will break down to leaf mould

– added the left over chicken pellets to one of my raised beds and dig it in

– added torn egg boxes and newspaper to my extra long bed and topped it up with well rotted manure all ready for next spring

– added a layer of newspaper to all other raised beds ready for a layer of manure (when I get the next batch)

All in all another productive day down at the allotment 😀

We are still waiting for a confirmed moving date but in the…

We are still waiting for a confirmed moving date but in the meantime we have been harvesting, cooking and storing all we can. I will miss this dear Bramley apple tree that we were given by our neighbours as they never had any fruit off of it! Poppy and Baskerville also thought they would help Matt pick some apples!

Drying ‘Czar’ runner beans which I will use in cooking…

Drying ‘Czar’ runner beans which I will use in cooking throughout the winter. They make a great substitute for butter beans.

 I’m making parsley butter, sage butter and mint sauce with…

 I’m making parsley butter, sage butter and mint sauce with these herbs.

I have had to harvest the winter squash from the allotment as it…

I have had to harvest the winter squash from the allotment as it will need to be handed back very shortly due to our move to Ireland. They are now all out on the front wall in the sunshine curing so that they can be kept and used over winter.

Tomato harvest!I have harvested the majority of the ‘Roma’…

Tomato harvest!

I have harvested the majority of the ‘Roma’ tomatoes and a few random yellow ones! I have saved the seed from a couple of them to grow next year.

This is the last of the little onions drying. They will be…

This is the last of the little onions drying. They will be pickled, roasted to go in vegetable stew and used in pasta sauce.

The last of the red onions lifted. These are destined to be…

The last of the red onions lifted. These are destined to be roasted with tomatoes, peppers and a couple of chillies and made in to sauce for pasta.

Growing sunflowers for their seed to press for oil.

Growing sunflowers for their seed to press for oil.

Its always a bonus when you find a few random beetroot! 

Its always a bonus when you find a few random beetroot!