Hello! Welcome to the first update of 2016. I hope you all had a wonderful Yule and are starting this new year with gumption and determination. I must apologise for the recent lack of updates. I was quite poorly over the festive season and was not able to get photos of progress or anything done. … Continue reading Tying up loose ends.
After looking through previous posts, I see that I haven’t shown a recent update of our harvests. I thought I would just show our latest pickings. This will remind me at the end of the year that it wasn’t all bugs, pests and diseases, but also some tasty food straight from the garden. Top right … Continue reading Harvest Update and Bugs.
This is a follow-up from my last post about my chillies. The exciting news is that I have a baby habinero pepper starting to fruit. There are also now many more flowers, so still a possibility of getting some home grown super-hot chillies. We still don’t know whether or not there will be enough power in … Continue reading Baby Habinero, Aphid Attack & Strange Grubs.
August and September have been strange months in our veg patch. August is sometimes seemingly the warmest month in the British calendar but here at least, it was rather dull and wet. September has been the same so far. The rain has been good for some veg but others have really missed the sunshine. Luckily … Continue reading Chilli Peppers.
I have been asked to do a tomato update but sadly there isn’t very much happening still. Our little bush tomatoes ‘Tiny Tim’ have saved the day a little bit as they have started producing a few tiny red tomatoes that we have been munching on in the garden. I had a couple in a … Continue reading Tomato update, no news isn’t good news!
We started off with three pumpkin plants. Two were potted up in to large containers and the other we left in a smaller pot because the stem was so badly damaged we thought it would die in a few days. Then the stem actually went hollow but it still refused to die so only then … Continue reading Pumpkin race against time.
I was excited when I knew we would be growing sweetcorn this year. I think out of everything, sweetcorn seemed the most exciting. Maybe because it grows tall and makes me feel miniature? They arrived as baby plants in July. One was snapped on arrival and two others didn’t travel well in the post. We … Continue reading Sweetcorn and DIY Carrot Netting.
Despite putting up butterfly netting, the cabbage white butterflies found their way in and have feasted on our poor cabbages. Over the past few months we have been trying to release the cabbage white butterflies out from under our netting. We are not sure how they get in. We think maybe they sneak in at … Continue reading Cabbage Decimation. (Caterpillar invasion)
I thought I saw the first signs of blight. The potatoes had flowered and were just starting to die back. There was only one thing to do…HARVEST. It was just starting to rain when I noticed some strange black marks on some of the leaves and some brown, yellow tinged areas. I have never grown … Continue reading Potato harvest and blight?
This year I am growing a mix of four different tomato varieties. I grew three plants of the ‘moneymaker’ variety from seed. Then in my first box of baby plants from Rocket Gardens I got one ‘Golden Sunrise’ plant, two ‘San Pierre’ and two ‘Tiny Tim’. Unfortunately, the two ‘San Pierre’ were already snapped in … Continue reading Tomato troubles.