Sunday, August 30, 2009


Just look at these!

Best plums I've ever had (only plums I've ever had!!)

And plenty more raspberoonies where these came from (No, not Sainsbury's)


Remember the grand notion of a wall of Morning Glory?

Well, it worked and here it is.

It'd be even better if I could get the little beggars in focus!

Reciprocity City


I'm getting a bit fed up.

Who always cuts the grass on the communal path between the two allotments? Moi.

Who keeps the entrance tidy & stops it getting overgrown? Moi.

Who never does either of those things? Harrumph

Sunday, August 09, 2009

Harvest Home

Well, not exactly. But I did pick:

  • Runner Beans
  • French Beans (why does anyone grow dwarf French - les haricots "Toulouse-Lautrec? They dangle down on the earth and you don't know they're there until they've either gone over the top or the slugs have had 'em. Les haricots ascensant sont much better)
  • Blackberries - this is a real bumper year for blackberries. I've been picking industrial quantities for 4 weeks now and they're only slowing down slightly.
  • Raspberries - for tea with ice cream
  • Courgettes - good job we like ratatouille cos, ye gods, have we got courgettes
  • Spuds - all volunteers from poor clearing of last year's crop
  • Cornflowers and Sweet Peas
At last, the Morning Glory Wall is beginning to flower. It had three on today but, being mid-afternoon, they were already fading. Must get there earlier!

I've also managed a halfway decent onion crop despite neglecting them shamefully and have to hack through a forest of weedage to harvest them. They got away from me while I was on holiday and I never got back to them. I find onions surprisingly difficult; next year I'm going to plant them on my cleanest plot and try to feed them better and weed them better. Perennial cry of the gardener, eh?

And here's a bashful fellow - one of my bumper-ish plum crop beginning, just beginning, to blush.

In here you can just see a cucumber flower beginning to develop.

Cornflowers are doing well too.