Posted in August 2010

Foraging for Crab Apples

Yesterday we made our yearly pilgrimage to a local wild crab apple tree. King of The Hill and I scouted it out a few weeks ago on a cycle ride to check whether there was much fruit this year, and were pleased to find it laden; so we returned this weekend to collect some fruit. … Continue reading

Keeping Up

Besides the day-to-day picking of fresh vegetables from the garden for the table, there is a lot of work to do at the minute keeping up with the mass harvests that need storing for the winter. There have been baskets full of the runner beans which keep on cropping, and we pulled up the peas … Continue reading

Courgette and Tomato Chutney

At the weekend, we turned some more of our harvest into chutney. We used up some more courgettes and an assortment of tomatoes; red, yellow and even some green ones that were knocked off when one of the trusses came untied in the greenhouse.

The Show Must Go On

This year, amidst all the chaos of the house, we decided to enter our village show. There were a limited number of classes for the show, all individual types of vegetable/fruit etc in the main section, and we picked just a few that we thought we’d be able to find something for on the day … Continue reading

Pretty In Pink

Pretty In Pink

I have been watching the first flower develop on one of the mixed Aster ‘Big Boy’ plants borne from a packet of seed that I bought on a whim (was it last year?), sowed this spring and finally squeezed into a corner in the vegetable patch a few weeks ago. I wasn’t sure that any … Continue reading

Lettuce Lull

Ah, well. Despite our attempt at successional sowings, it seems that we have a temporary lack of lettuce.

Full of Beans

Our runner beans seem to be rather sprinting away this year! They rapidly scrambled up the canes that we provided them two months ago when we planted them out, and now we can barely reach the tops to keep pinching them out as they continue to reach for the sky.

Pickled Beetroot

We have been harvesting more Рand bigger! Рbeetroot than we can eat, despite our successional sowings.  Yesterday, King of the Hill put our newly installed hob to the test by pickling some of our harvest.

The Tale of The Purple Poppy

The first bloom of the purple poppy that recently sprang into life in the midst of our building rubble discarded its petals and stamens to the wind and rain at the start of the week