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August 2010 Blog Posts (22)

End of the sweetcorn dilemma

After days of fingernail prodding to test for ripeness I had no choice but to pick two ears today as Mr Mole made a guest appearance in his favourite part of the garden, leaving a plant uprooted. The biggest cob was sweet and juicy, the smaller one a tad firmer so now I know that the big ones are ready for harvest. A recipe in The Times today for chicken, chilli and sweetcorn sounds just perfect so will try it on your behalf later in the week!

Picked my last cabbage yesterday(as per… Continue

Added by Jan Willetts on August 31, 2010 at 21:48 — 2 Comments

Cardoon rescue

Another victim of the heavy rain which nearly flooded us was my extremely tall cardoon planted as an ornamental feature. It lay across the path and just missed the sweetcorn plot. As I had used the last of my sticks and twine to prop up the leaning sweetcorn, I had to cut the plant up. There were quite a few flowers still blooming and as the bees and hoverflies love them, I "planted" them in the top of an ivy covered wall. the bees are still visiting them. I will burn the dried up flowerheads… Continue

Added by Jan Willetts on August 29, 2010 at 22:38 — 1 Comment

A respectable harvest.

Another cute little harvest today including the world's weeniest carrots and shallots!

Im actually really pleased because Ive had really disappointing potato harvest so far.
It seems rather cruel to pull up a haulm after fours months loving care to find only four small potatoes.

I left the rest of the potatoes in the ground, and a month on, Ive had quick a respectable haul. There are still a few more plants to dig up (the…

Added by Melinda Que_Linda on August 28, 2010 at 21:00 — 2 Comments

End of the tomato plants. Long live chutney.

Tomato plants had to come out today cause of the wet and the blight. At least green tomato chutney is fab. We've a few pounds of green tomatoes to process.

Added by Nicola and Andy on August 27, 2010 at 16:53 — 2 Comments

Too much rain-again.

Didn't get down the garden at all yesterday as I was catching up on sleep. We had so much rain during the day before that our drain couldn't cope and we acquired a small pond outside the back door. Hubby and I took it in turns to move the water with an array of buckets bowls and bottles. We set the alarm to get up in the night to check what was happening. However I couldn,t sleep and lay awake reading when all the power went off about 1.30 am. The rain had somehow got into our electrics and we… Continue

Added by Jan Willetts on August 27, 2010 at 13:51 — No Comments

Our Daytum Site

Here is a link to our Daytum account showing pretty graphs about our vegetable production:

I really should get out more often.

Added by Nicola and Andy on August 27, 2010 at 0:42 — 6 Comments

Sweetcorn woes

After all the heavy rain I discovered my sweetcorn is leaning at crazy angles! I managed to find enough sticks and string to prop up the outer plants, the inner ones will have to support one another. I had earthed up the plants to allow some extra supporting roots but we had an exceptional downpour which came close to flooding the back door. As well as tying up the sweetcorn I checked again for ripeness by peeling back the husk and prodding the corn, still no creamy liquid but quite a lot of… Continue

Added by Jan Willetts on August 26, 2010 at 0:11 — 1 Comment

Giant pumpkins - size DOES matter

Did anyone see the size of the giant pumpkin plant on Gardener's World last Friday? That Toby fellow was a big grinning fool, very pleased with himself! I'll own that the scale of the thing was quite fascinating, it had radiated stalks out for many metres in every direction, covering maybe 5 sqm.…


Added by Melinda Que_Linda on August 24, 2010 at 17:33 — 3 Comments

Squashes - so far a fruitless exercise...

So far this summer all my squashes have produced are masses of foliage and male flowers. There is not a sausage fruit wise. Searching this site, I found myself coveting Andy Smith's handsome fruit]

I wander out…


Added by Melinda Que_Linda on August 24, 2010 at 17:07 — 3 Comments

Vegetable breeding

With the encouragement of Magic Cochin I thought I'd write a bit about vegetable breeding. If you want to see what I've been up to in greater detail, the additional pages on my blog - will give you more.

I won't try and say it all - you'd nod off! This time I'll do tomatoes. I didn't find it terribly easy when I did my first tomato cross 2 years ago. Since then I've been prescribed reading glasses! You…


Added by Kath Middleton on August 22, 2010 at 19:42 — 3 Comments

500 bloggettes and what have we learnt?

It's a war out there. That's what.

We (and by that I mean our plants, but they are so much a part of us that it may as well be our very human selves that I speak of here) are attacked constantly from all sides and there is no platoon 'watching our 6' no, we have to have sharp wits about us and fight tirelessly in each of our battles. We have so many enemies, so many opposed to us growing and eating our own. They come from underground and eat the roots, there is the…


Added by Carrie Gault on August 22, 2010 at 18:31 — 6 Comments

Cucumber and apple harvest. Yay!

Today, Ive picked chillies, cucumbers, and apples. The chillies and the cucumbers are first timers for me.
The cucumbers are growing really well and one plant is now taller than I am. There are six small fruits on it, and they're expanding by a few centimetres every day…


Added by Melinda Que_Linda on August 22, 2010 at 15:30 — 6 Comments

On Blight Watch

The welcome drop of rain over the past few days combined with the continued flannel-like humidity has put me on blight watch in my garden and up at the plot. I have a number of tomato plants here at home, plus quite a few maincrop varieties of potato up at the allotment all in a potential state of vulnerability. At least my wuthering and worrying has been calmed down a little by the discovery of a really useful website called…


Added by VP on August 22, 2010 at 10:00 — 6 Comments

I Need Some Advice ...

I need some help with this one; I'm growing these squashes in my south-facing front garden. Currently got about 5 of these and they are getting quite large (size of a small football). Can someone tell me what it is called as I've lost the original package. Also, can I eat it? Not a problem if I can't…


Added by michelle on August 21, 2010 at 15:30 — 2 Comments

Seed saving

Decided to gather some seed heads and keep them to feed the birds later in the year. Mostly flowers but some onion flowers too. Might even let a few things run to seed for the birds as well. I know some stuff is poisonous to humans, eg aquilegias, but don't know if its safe for birds. Do they have cast-iron digestive systems, I know they eat yew berries for example, or do they just ignore stuff thats not good for them? I do leave seed heads on some plants over winter, but I need to do some… Continue

Added by Jan Willetts on August 19, 2010 at 23:51 — 2 Comments

Don't mention the lettuce

I planted lettuces in the ground for the first time this year and was

astonished by how much better they grew than in pots or grow bags.

Flushed with my success and thinking of salads to come I re-sowed under

the bean tripod when it went in, thinking to transplant the seedlings

into a new home when they came up. Except they didn't come up.

Undaunted, I assumed that my slapdash sowing style (chuck 'em at the… Continue

Added by Emma on August 19, 2010 at 9:18 — 3 Comments

I love beans

I love the fact that a crop that will glut in the summer can be used much later and you don't have to do anything apart from lay them out to dry and stop them from going mouldy. We eat them in salads, stews with other veg or meat, and pureed with garlic, lemon juice, olive oil and herbs as a dip. I sow my dwarf french for drying in early May under cover and plant out late May/early June where I am on the North Norfolk coast.

Added by Trish le Gal on August 19, 2010 at 8:56 — 11 Comments

Lavender Pekin Bantams

Little Lucy and Isabel, two of my Lavender Pekin Bantams, especially for 'Threadspider'.



Added by Sue Hall on August 17, 2010 at 10:56 — 1 Comment

Riddle Me Ree

You may have seen in my Guest post for Fennel and Fern that I spoke of my life changing experience with this borrowed soil riddle made from an old drawer.

Well I say life changing, maybe more soil changing.

You see we have stones...oh, so many stones.

We take buckets of stones to the tip every time we go and we have lost count of the amount of… Continue

Added by Clairetweet on August 17, 2010 at 9:21 — 6 Comments

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