Monday, September 08, 2014

Thin the spin

Lots of self sown spinach seedlings have popped up and need thinning out a bit.

Saturday, September 06, 2014

Thursday, September 04, 2014

Costoluto Fiorentino

Harvested several kilos of these beauties with more to come. The plants are so vigorous that they grew over six feet tall and are still putting out new shoots.

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Turning point

The beefsteak tomatoes are finally turning red and ripening despite a lack of sunshine and a rather damp month. Autumn's in the air.

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Ballerina Tutu

The name of this datura belies the toxicity of the tropane alkaloids contained within. The flowers don't last long and wilt quickly in full sun. This one lacked the strong moth-attracting perfume of the white one grown a few years ago (2011).

Monday, August 25, 2014

Amaized (?)

Harvesting daily cobs of juicy sweetcorn a little earlier in the year than usual, thanks to the near perfect weather conditions in July.

Friday, August 22, 2014

Winter hedge fund

Lots to harvest at the moment but also a good time to plan ahead for winter and plant out young kale plants, under netting to protect them from peckish pigeons.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Tuesday, August 12, 2014


Harvested the first couple of sweetcorn cobs and was eating one, smothered in butter, about an hour later. The recent storm had blown a few of the plants sideways, so it was time to put a curtain of netting around them to prop them up and protect them from badgers and other predators.

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Lycopersicon esculentum

                         It's been a good year for cherry tomatoes.

Friday, August 08, 2014

Running away

Into the season for runner beans now and the more they're picked the more they'll produce: Much like sweet peas, once the seed starts to develop the plant stops producing more flowers and pods. Courgette plants behave similarly and one of them has now shut down because one of the fruits was allowed to develop to the size of a marrow. The dill is now flowering. All parts; leaves, flowers and seeds are great for the kitchen.

Tuesday, August 05, 2014

Big roots

Harvested some early parsnips that had self-seeded on a patch where the broad beans grew, which needed clearing to make way for some winter crops. Beetroot hasn't done brilliantly this year and there probably won't be enough for pickling, but there are always enough to brighten up a salad or stain a bowl of rice or couscous.

Sunday, August 03, 2014

Little Roots

Harvested the first baby carrots, more climbing/french beans and some lettuce.

Friday, August 01, 2014

Plum Month

                                    Into August; plum month.

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Big Green

Large gnarled beefsteak tomatoes need a few more weeks of sunshine to ripen and the plants need tying up to prevent them from collapsing.

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Malus Domestica

Cox's Orange Pippin: Probably should have thinned the fruit out and watered more during the hot dry spells. Many of the branches are weighed down amongst the gooseberry bushes which could do with a prune now. Cox's are particularly susceptible to scab, mildew and canker and these ones are also susceptible to being nicked by passers-by.

Monday, July 28, 2014

Fruits of labour

So hot recently that crops and seedlings need a daily watering.
It's been a good year for gherkins, if watered regularly.
 Courgette plants are particularly hungry and thirsty.

Sunday, July 27, 2014

First Runners

                                First crop of runner beans.

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Monday, July 21, 2014


A second sowing of climbing beans to replace those recently harvested.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014


Lots of redcurrants and gooseberries to harvest and the first of the cherry tomatoes.

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Tassels No Hassle

Sweetcorn pollinated, white tassels and thin, thirsty cobs. The beans and squash amongst them have grown well.

Tuesday, July 08, 2014

Daucus carota

 Haven't seen a carrot look like this before; left in the ground from last year overwinter, it's put on a lot of growth above ground this year and is now in flower.

Tuesday, July 01, 2014

Potato Salad

                                    Just add mayonnaise

Sunday, June 29, 2014

Soft fruit relay

As the strawberry season comes to an end there are blackcurrants, redcurrants and gooseberries to harvest.

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Trap crop

Flea beatles munch on radish leaves but leave the crop unaffected and are distracted from other crops.

Sunday, June 22, 2014

Herbal essentials

                       Dill, parsley and coriander liking the hot weather.

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Sunday, June 15, 2014

Dolphin's back

Delphinium: modern Latin, from Greek delphinion ‘larkspur’, from delphin ‘dolphin’ (because of the shape of the spur, thought to resemble a dolphin's back

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Sunday, June 08, 2014

500 a day

The start of the strawberry harvest; expecting to pick around 500 grams a day for the next two weeks.

Monday, May 12, 2014

Six of the best

Decorative and / or useful early spring flowers; bluebells, apple blossom, broad bean, angelica, tulip and comfrey.