Monday Plotlines

Wow, where did that month go?  My friend Annie said yesterday that she didn’t like to ask about the lack of  blog posts in case Derek had run off with another woman!  Nothing quite so interesting I’m afraid, just a very broken computer.  It’s all fixed now, so back to normal.

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The lack of on line time has meant plenty of hours on the plot enjoying the gorgeous September sunshine.  The tomatoes have gone, having finally succumbed to blight, as have the runner beans, I was in a bit too much of a hurry whilst cutting these down and managed to chop the top of my index finger. Note to self to always wear gloves when using the secateurs.  There was much blood spilt but thankfully Bob managed to save the day with his excellent first aid skills.

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As far as other crops, we’re getting plenty of sweet peppers and chillies and after such a slow start some super Bonita aubergines, Atlas turnips, carrots and plenty of really fragrant coriander.  There are also carrots and beetroot which will be ready for pulling in the next week or so.

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I think I said in a previous post that we’ve decided to keep the plot running through the winter months. Given that we’ll be spending the next few months clearing the back part of the new plot it seemed like the right thing to do so to that end we’ve planted up the raised beds and a couple of the front beds with lettuce, kale and chard and have onions and garlic on order to plant in the next couple of weeks along with the normal broad beans. I’m looking forward to seeing how this goes and if we can make a success of it.

It’s good to be back and thank you as always for taking the time to read.

 

Still playing a bit of catch up here is the September update on the chillies.  I think I said in the last post that things were starting to look a bit frayed around the edges. Well I might have to back track on that because the cooler weather seems to have suited the plants enormously, especially the Aji Limon which are currently looking very healthy indeed.  There’s been no change in the feeding and watering regime so it can only be the temperature.  I’d be interested to know what everyone else is finding.

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And after complaining about the fruit being unripe finally we are all red with a bit of yellow thrown in for good measure.  I think my favourite at the moment has to be the Scotch Bonnet, I love the crenulated shape and waxy skin.  We didn’t grow this plant from seed but picked it up from Victoriana Nursery Gardens as an extra. Maybe one to try for next year. Of course the Aji Limon is interesting because of it’s colour as it the Vampire which is a particularly dark, rich shade of red.

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The Cayennes are all picked and we’re drying them to chop into chilli flakes. I’m finding this a lengthy process. So if you have any tips I’m keen to know. Otherwise I’ll be looking back to the very first Chilli Challenge post written back in January and getting the cookery books out for recipe inspiration and making some packs up to give as gifts. A busy month ahead ensuring all the effort doesn’t go to waste.

Thank you for reading.

V.

Tuesday Plotlines

This week sees us fresh back from a family holiday in Cornwall. In the normal scheme of things I visit the plot most days and do a few ‘jobs’, little and often being the thing in my mind, and it seems like not much changes. Clearly I achieve more than I think because although gone for just ten days we returned to a bit of a jungle.  Any plans I had for days out on Sunday were put aside in a bid to get things back on track

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Derek was keen to mow the paths, one of his favourite jobs, on the basis that it would ‘make everything look better’ and this is true, it does, but to me it’s a superficial job and the real nitty gritty is dealing with the beds.  Clearing, weeding and tidying.

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The tomatoes in particular had put on a whole new growth spurt and some of the plants with the heavier fruits, marmande and pink ruffle had fallen over completely.  Luckily no blight but in the warm, damp conditions with a very juicy, sweet food supply on tap the slugs were having a party.  We’ve now removed as much foliage as possible, added extra canes for support and taken off any tomatoes that have been eaten or are starting to rot.

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You may remember we planted a whole load of seedlings a while back, beetroot, turnips, coriander etc.  Well these have also been providing a ready food supply for the mice with only the carrots and the beetroot doing well.  So back to the drawing board with how we protect crops sown directly until they become established.  All tips welcome.

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So five hours of hard work and we’ve reclaimed the plot, the weather here is gorgeous and it’s on with the planning for autumn winter planting. More of which soon.

All these photographs were taken yesterday morning and the central path looks super trim due to Site Chairman John’s mowing efforts.

As ever thank you for reading and let me know in the comments what’s going on in your garden.

V.