Saturday, August 17, 2013

Alive.


I think that's the only way to describe today at the plot.  A raking, blustery warm wind, hot sun and glowing light under dark clouds, occasionally dousing a bucket or two of drops and then scudding away over the golden fields.  A full tide in the estuary too, with the evening sun streaking and gleaming the surface as I drove away home.

I'm really happy with how the plot has 'performed' this year; after a slow start everything has grown strongly and quickly and I've had very few pest problems - with the exception of the grey-aphid-infested, caterpillar riddled brassicas...but even there I've had lovely white turnips, and a couple of swedes and some red cabbage.

today's harvest
The pumpkins are starting to change colour already, the leeks are further along than I've ever seen in August and the French beans have been churning out bags of beans for weeks now.  A second wave of beans sowed a few weeks ago are well up and should see us through most of the Autumn.


The two and three harvests a week mean more and more work in the kitchen, ensuring everything is used and nothing goes to waste.  I've a few hours of cooking ahead of me tomorrow, including red cabbage, courgette and tomato soup, courgette and pecan cake (from the Real Men Sow blog, http://www.realmensow.co.uk/?p=3186) and a large quantity of flat leafed parsley to either dry or salt.  I have a few recipes I always fall back on to use up bits and pieces of vegetables and this is a Spanish omelette I made last week (it was delicious!):
my own potato, tomato, onion, chilli, courgette and herbs, but not my own eggs...some day it will be.
However,  I did notice the first signs of blight on the maincrop potatoes today, which I have now cut down to the ground.  It's a pity, as they were just flowering, but I left the foliage on too late last year and ended up with stinky horrible mushy spuds, so better safe than sorry.  The tomatoes seem ok....so far.  What is weird is that of the four varieties of potatoes I have in the ground, it was the Sarpo Mira that showed the worst signs of blight.  Trust me to have blight-resistant spuds that are most susceptible to blight!

Indoors in the polytunnel, the chilli forest is starting to form masses of fruit; the earliest seem to be the Twilight ones and the one Apache I have.  The Minnesota Midget melons are sprawling but no fruit yet, the cucumbers are working away, the tomatoes are producing some fruit and the marigolds are keeping everything pest-free and pretty.

polytunnel jungle

Life is good, all in all.

2 comments:

  1. Glad to hear every thing has caught up after a slow start. Bad news about the blight but good news about lack of pests. Same here with the pests and lack of weeding also.

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  2. Your plot looks brilliant too, very impressed.

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