Allotment harvest: mainly red

I’ve hardly been able to get to the plot this week, owing to swine flu and me still struggling to get over my surgery (gosh, don’t we sound like a house of crocks and invalids) but I did manage to shoot up for an hour yesterday to:

-- water the monster cucumbers (variety Bushy – temperament: productive)
-- and to pick some beans (variety Scarlet Emperor – temperament: productive)
-- as well as pulling a row of the heritage beetroot we grew from Seedy Sunday seed (variety Ukraine – temperament: expansive).






Our sweetcorn is within a couple of days of being harvestable, apparently. Once the silks begin to brown and fold, then you peel back some covering and pierce a corn kernel with your fingernail: watery is not ripe, creamy is ripe, like raw dough is overripe (hope we don’t get to that point).






Our red chicory has gone very red indeed, it’s a gorgeous shade although, to be blunt, we are getting a little bit sick of eating it.



On the whole though, we’re very happy with our summer harvest, after slightly less than a year of allotment-holding.

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Posted by The Allotment Blogger on Friday, July 31, 2009

3 Comments:

OpenID nipitinthebud said...

wow, I hope you've given yourself a nice little pat on the back for your efforts :o) very impressive for your first year.

July 31, 2009 at 6:02 AM  
OpenID allotments4you.com said...

it looks like you've done great so far...I don't think I have done nearly as well...maybe next year!!

August 2, 2009 at 7:49 AM  
Anonymous alf said...

Easy way to plait Garlic bulbs and Onions -
1. Make sure that you leave a resonable amount of stem to dry out.
2. Take a long piece of string, and knot both ends together to form a loop.
3. Take your biggest bulb or onion and pass the knotted end through a loop so that the bulb is then held in place.
4.you now should have a form of plumbline, hang it up on a nail or something similar - take your first bulb and twist the stem arond the strings in a figure of eight.
5.Tie in the next bulb exactly the same, except turn the strings around so that you build up the string, without the bulbs all facing in the same direction.
6. When you reach the top of the string or run out of bulbs/onions make a knot to hold the last one in place - hey presto, an onion string in a matter of a few minutes.

August 16, 2009 at 9:39 AM  

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