21. June 2014 · Comments Off on Happy solstice · Categories: Food, Gardening

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It’s the longest day and has been an extraordinary mix of electrical storms and baking sunshine. In a dry moment I harvested a batch of garlic, around 1kg.  2 bulbs have gone straight into our new smokehouse which is on its maiden voyage.

I planted 3 different sorts last November. This was from a garden centre and the leaves had already wilted down so I figured it was a good day to harvest. The others were from the supermarket and are much bigger but don’t seem to be mature yet.

17. June 2014 · Comments Off on Harvest time begins · Categories: Food, Gardening

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Every year in the early spring, I despair at the lack of free hours in the day, the lack of rain or the army of slugs,  and resign myself to the fact that I will clearly not manage to get anything, at all out of my vege patch.

And then around about now I realise that things are actually growing. It’s not so bad after all.

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Here are my chilli seedlings so far. Some of our seeds must be just too old because germination rates were pretty bad. So I’ve planted some more of the ones that have actually started growing. I’ve also planted some aubergines – first time growing those so I hope we get some!

18. October 2013 · Comments Off on Pumpkin harvest · Categories: Farm, Food, Gardening

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Last week we came home from a two week vacation in Turkey. Before even bringing in the luggage, we were harvesting or pumpkins. Now they’re sitting in a sunny windowsill. And the pumpkin soup is flowing!

29. August 2013 · Comments Off on Plums · Categories: Food, Gardening

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This is just a small part of one of our four plum trees. They are starting to fall so I’ve started gathering and cooking them down to a mush for freezing. Then we use it as jam, or as a base for making pies and other puddings.

28. August 2013 · Comments Off on Fresh tomatoes · Categories: Food, Gardening

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Straight from the garden. The weather continues to be good to us, with prefect ripening conditions for these little treasures. They went straight into our dinner.

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18. August 2013 · Comments Off on Harvest notes · Categories: Food, Gardening

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Today I looked over my gardening notebook and totalled up this year’s harvest so far. We’re just over 54kg of vegetables, not including some things that I didn’t bother weighing – parsley & red chard in particular. I’m off to start giving things away because the freezer is already starting to groan.

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This was today’s harvest. Total to date is 5.1kg. I am one happy bean counter!

17. July 2013 · 2 comments · Categories: Food, Gardening · Tags: ,

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This morning I picked 2.7kg of cherries.  Last year was a hopeless year for cherries – I think I ate about four of them.  The birds took care of a few more, but there was really no fruit to speak of.

But this year, OOOH BOY.  The tree still looks like this, after this morning’s harvest:

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I feel a pie coming on.

17. July 2013 · Comments Off on Bizarre Rose · Categories: Gardening · Tags: ,

I was idly dead-heading Roses this morning when I saw this:

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A bud poking out of the middle of a flower. I’ve never seen such a thing before, though I’m not exactly a veteran rose grower. I found several more examples, all in the same area of the same bush.

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Here is one where I’ve pulled away the petals:

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What is this? Some genetic mutation?