SEPTEMBER 2014

QUALITY NOT QUANTITY

Lots of brightly coloured veg
Lots of brightly coloured veg.

I’m very proud of myself at the moment as I haven’t been down the veg isle at the supermarket for ages. I refuse to, and busy myself with inventive recipes for all my home-grown produce.

I think I have the right balance of produce quantity now. You have to learn not to grow too much stuff. The first thing is not having too many courgette plants. I still have enough to do a cheesy courgettes loaf and courgette salmon cakes regularly. (See recipe section). The French beans are now over and I have loads in the frezzer. A grid of sixteen sweet corn plants all picked now and ready for freezing with an unusual recipe’s for sweet corn ice cream to try.
At the greenhouse beefsteak tomatoes plants have yielded their beauties, and now it’s the red peppers turn. The greenhouse needed a good clean after the last batch of ‘Maskoyka’ tomato finally had its day. As you can see it’s looking very colourful with chillies to come later in the season.

Patterns, texture, colour and of course flavour.
Patterns, texture, colour and of course flavour.

I should have done more carrots at the allotment, and the purple sprouting broccoli is not sprouting as expected. There’s been a lettuce and pack choi failure too due to dastardly deeds of flee beetle. Other wild life revealed itself whilst digging up old raspberry plants and they were the curious larvae of stag beetles. After a bit of research, I have safely re-homed these protected species under a rotting stump.

Everything get a bit of support in my garden.
Everything get a bit of support in my garden.
Love lies bleeding! Well it would be high maintanence, wouldn't it?
Love lies bleeding! Well it would be high maintenance, wouldn’t it?

In my garden it’s all about staking! Echinacea purpurea is thriving this year but keeping them upright has been a problem. In the end a giant metal planter was hauled in to attach the stakes to, plus also filling an empty gap. My favourite plant is Love Lies Bleeding (Amaranthus caudatus) with its dripping red flowers. It needs propping up too, and I was delighted to see a robin sitting on the stake pecking at the flowers. I did two pots of Love Lies Bleeding, one with water saving gel and one without. The pot with the gel has put on at least 25% in height and flowers, so well worth doing.

Beautiful colour that look quite alein almost like they appeared in the film Avatar.
Beautiful colour that look quite alein almost like they appeared in the film Avatar.

Next job is to plant a lavender hedge for the allotment, so more clearing involved. But lets hope I don’t find any more stag beetles, as they are really very scary.

See you next time, probably with pumpkins….

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A blog about my gardening exploits to inspire, even if its looking like its all about go wrong. (Which it does, alot)

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