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….
I dug more early potatoes yesterday and there’s a mix of tiny, small and mid sized. I was fairly happy but they were taken from me before I could photo them, they tasted nice the next time I saw them though. There’s a couple of kilo left, but a photo now wouldn’t do it justice.
A couple of bits of the broccoli have bolted, I expect more will too, but I’m ready to harvest the small heads before I lose them. It also has got black aphids or flies, i keep shaking them off, but I might have to come up with one of those magic potions to kill them. No photos again sorry. Some plants have been pigeon nibbled, I’ve put up some netting and that has protected it a little, more netting is required and the time to do it too.
Anyway the reason for this blog entry is the runner bean progress, I haven’t seen any wildlife eating them thus far and I’m starting to get excited
The tip of the plant in the last photo was heavily loaded with flowers but I accidentally snapped it, I was gutted, but it has promoted growth of the beans rather than climbing, so it might not have been such a bad thing.
I’ve covered the roots with grass cuttings to try and retain moisture in the soil now we’re going to get some summer.
Not a lot of other developments other than I’ve given up on the onions in the back garden, next year I’ll plant where the cat won’t destroy them. There’s still hope for those in the front garden and I gave them a good watering can full of feed, just so they know I’m looking after them.
The onions in the back garden have been my biggest disappointment and probably one that i’ve spent the most time on. In reading online forum posts I see gardening for food isn’t always fun, keep your chin up, spread your bets and enjoy what works. There are always other things you can grow, other varieties, other ways (e.g. Grow bags when the soil has blight), etc. Never give up, you’d have to weed that patch either way!
More potatoes, this time some white early (Aaron) and some red main crop (Desiree).
I’m disappointed by the earlies, but they were planted a bit late and maybe we’ve not had enough sun.
Why did I dig up these? Well, these were the spare seed potatoes I planted in the spare soil pile and for no reason other than I felt like it.
Some onions in the front are looking good, the cat has mostly destroyed the back ones
And I’ve tried to support them with plastic bottle necks and stapled together bits of plastic bottle in a cone shape
As they were leaning a lot, some haven’t grown as a result, so this is a bit trial and error, fingers crossed.
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Tagged Onion, Potato