Saturday, September 30, 2017

Cox's collection

Time to harvest the Cox's apples before they drop in the gales or get pecked or nicked. They could probably do with a bit longer on the tree as the seeds don't rattle when you shake them.

Thursday, September 28, 2017

Coriandrum sativum

                          Coriander in flower, seeds to follow.

Sunday, September 24, 2017

Seedy business

                   Time to harvest sunflower seeds for next year.

Saturday, September 23, 2017

Super spuds

Harvested the last of the Désirée potatoes and let them dry in the sun for a few hours before storing them in a paper sack - despite it being more difficult to buy paper sacks than it is to buy Désirée potatoes.

Friday, September 22, 2017

Lovely lettuce

Satisfying to be able to harvest a near daily supply of lettuce for a lunchtime sandwich. It's getting a bit chilly at night so protection under cloches is a good idea from now on and also reduces the chance of slug and bird damage.

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Phantastic Mr Phlox

                          Still phlowering late into the year.

Saturday, September 16, 2017

Whopping windfalls

Whopping windfall apples after recent storms make up for wind damaged sunflowers and a late night tussle with a clump of ten foot jerusalem artichokes which needed tying up.

Sunday, September 10, 2017

Rambling on

These climbing/rambling roses responded well to pruning back and are producing a second flush of flowers.

Saturday, September 09, 2017


There really is nothing like fresh sweetcorn, eaten within an hour of picking. Could never go back to tinned sweetcorn and even cobs bought in the shops are at least a few days old and taste nothing like the fresh stuff. Not such a great harvest this year - incomplete pollination - but still about a dozen cobs for immediate consumption, to give away or shove in the freezer. Also aways save one to dry out as backup seed for next year. None lost to badgers this year, but signs that birds or mice had been nibbling.

Thursday, September 07, 2017

Perpetual parsley

Really handy to have a constant supply of parsley, which, like so many crops, has done well this year. On the other hand, several sowings of coriander failed to establish, being very attractive to molluscs.

Wednesday, September 06, 2017

Dry pod

These borlotti beans are best eaten fresh, not the whole pod, like runner beans and very early broad beans, but green and plump (despite the colour of the pod) like late broad beans.

           A good store of dried beans to use as seed for next year.

Monday, September 04, 2017

Cows (Grant Acid Mix) Edit

Now that the nights are drawing in, there will be more of this sort of thing. (Full music track here. ) Thanks Grant!

Friday, September 01, 2017

Late leeks

These late leek seedlings will need feeding over the coming months to provide food during the winter and perhaps flowering heads for insects next summer.