Today I harvested a tiny amount of broccoli, some potatoes and runner beans.
Doesn’t look a lot in the photo, but on the scales 1.6kg:
Yes, they are more early potatoes (Arran pilot), I’ve got more of them to come I think too, but it’s hard to tell where the main crop starts as the plants are growing horizontally!
The runner beans:
Decided to pick three that looked ready, again they look small in the photo, but they are a good size:
Fortunately keeping a close eye on the plants has really helped reduce the black aphids to threat level “not bothered”, though I still check for them.
Looking forward to the eating!
The cup came loose and with no way to tighten it on the road it kept loosening and jamming the cranks. I eventually gave up, cycled through it, crunch, crunch and the plastic was mangled, but I could finish my ride to work then home in the evening.
As I’ve done before, my Nexus bike donated the parts to fix bluebell, its bottom bracket is UN54 too. Different models often have slightly different cups, so I am fortunate they are the same model.
I’ve ordered a UN55 for the replacement, that has alloy cups on both sides, I’m unsure if that’s wise, but only time will tell if I ever get it happen again.
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I almost missed a huge infestation of black aphids on my runner beans. They were low down on the plants and I was too busy tending to the shoots and eyeing up the bean growth. Mental note to check the whole plant!
I washed and squashed what I could and I’ve made a trap from the cover of the yellow pages and some clean plastic takeaway tubs. If it works I’ll post pictures else I’ll be crying about my losses.
Wish me luck.
As you can see from the following photo, the cat has destroyed my onion patch in the back garden:
I’ve previously blogged about my front garden where I planted the spare onion sets, the cat hasn’t destroyed them so I’m hoping I’ll get some onions from there instead.
So in light of the cat’s destructive powers I’ve decided I needed to protect my leeks from her and of course other animals too. Pigeons have also been shredding my broccoli too, so netting seemed a good plan. Here’s my first attempt:
Some of the netting I used was left in the shed when I got the house and that covered half the patch, the rest was 50p low quality fruit netting 4m x 2m from ASDA. I bought three lots thinking I’d need more, but one was enough. The canes were £1.28 for 5 from Wilkinsons, I needed two lots, and I used a metal rack I had lying around to cover the last 18 inches of gap (my place of entry to the netting on the right side, not visible in the photo).
The potato plants are spreading more horizontally than vertically now:
The ones closet to camera are the earlies, still 50% left to dig up, they are lasting well, but then we had a lot of potatoes given to us just before they were ready.
The broccoli, still looking ok, but I’m worried about bolting after one has (it tasted good though), there’s also been some black fly maybe on it, but just a few that I’ve shaken or washed off, also note the pigeon damage closest to the camera:
Worth mentioning the cat has one use, she loves butterflies, so I don’t have butterfly problems with the broccoli!
Then the leeks, the reason for all this netting:
I’m really happy with the leeks for the moment, I’m hoping the weeding effort and this netting will be worth it.
The Runner Bean plants climbing the fence:
Some of the beans I’m watching:
Any finally my first attempt at round lettuce have been planted in the greenhouse soil:
(pellets down as I’m not taking any chances with mr slug)
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Tagged BlackFly, Broccoli, Butterfly, Canes, Cat, Leek, Lettuce, Netting, Onion, Pigeon, Potato, RunnerBean
This picture says it all….