Events a-go-go

Anyone would think it’s all been doom and gloom on the plot recently. It hasn’t. There have been events a-go-go and if I lost all my strawberries and raspberries to my intruders’ munchie-attacks, at least they’ve clearly been too stoned/busy enabling others to get stoned to take any interest in taking anything that needs actual work before eating.

I should probably warn you that many of the pictures in this post were taken after a pal of mine saw my harvest and reminded me I hadn’t used the edible googly eyes she gave me for Christmas 2014…

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The potatoes have mainly been good this year….

potato harvest 2017

The Charlottes are, as ever, golden, creamy and multi-purpose. It was a decent crop – certainly more that needed chez moi, so I’m foisting them on friends and neighbours.

eager tomato

I was disappointed with the International Kidney (aka Jersey Royals). They’re always light-croppers, so I wasn’t expecting giant yields but they were covered in scab and the slugs were having a great time with them.

I blame the serious levels of rain this year for the slugs, but the scab I’m putting down to the manure – the only stuff available was well rotted, but had been burnt by the farmer; I’m suspecting it burned the crop.

blueberries 2017

Tomatoes are beginning to arrive, there’s a good handful of blueberries every time I go up to the plot and I’m enjoying my first-ever courgette glut (never managed one before, so v. pleased). round courgetteI even accidentally harvested the first pumpkin of the season when it snapped under its own weight while I tried to support it (note to self: don’t leave it so late next time). Still, when I knocked the base it sounded hollow, so it’s pretty much ready anyway.

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It was a good blackcurrant harvest this year. I got at least 3kgs but hadn’t remembered that – shock – we’d drunk all the blackcurrant liqueur last year.  Rather than cassis, I make my own, mouth-puckering concoction that goes great in desserts, but it’s quite heavy on blackcurrants. There are never enough blackcurrants.

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The cucumbers are doing well, even if they do have to suffer the indignity of googly eyes.

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Sadly I missed the fabulous gladioli when I had to go away for a few days – the rain got them, but I’m eking out the last two in a vase for as long as I can. They were a fantastic colour, so I’ll save the corms and try again next year.

gladioli 2017

There is much to come. The tomatoes are just getting into their stride; the beans are slow, but coming. The leeks are planted now; the brassicas are being merrily consumed by pests after heavy rain made my rubbish netting collapse and the entire pigeon/butterfly community  were in like Flynn. It’s going to be a good year for pumpkins and the apples and pears look fantastic too.

That’s if I can somehow get rid of my intruders before they munch the lot.

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Sigh. The biggest harvest of all this year is less appetising:

haul

 

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