Category Archives: Gardening

First Spartan Apple

The first Spartan apple from the new* tree:
Tasty 🙂

* the tree is one year old when bought, but three years old now and has a lot of growing to do. First year after planting you should remove the fruit buds to promote growth rather than fruit production. The second year after planting (I.e. Now) you hold your fingers crossed and hope for a small crop, too many isn’t a good thing for the same reason, you want the tree to grow. I wanted more than three apples, but hey, I’ll be swamped in eating apples in the coming years.

Garden September 2013 update

The last batch of Desiree potatoes (they’re monsters):
We’re going to be eating my potatoes for some time to come.
Things to look forward to long term are just the leeks, which still look a bit weedy, but they always do:
The Bramley apples are nearly ready, I’ve tested a few already:
Sure, they tease me, but these, the first Spartan apples on my 2 year old tree, taunt me!
Daily defence against toddler attack has left me pretty protective of them now only those three remain.
This year I’ve been inundated with frogs (of are they toads?) of all sizes, but hundreds of babies like this one:
There’s no neighbours that have ponds to my knowledge, so it’s a bit odd. They are tiny and very cute.

Nearly the last batch of potatoes in 2013

Better late than never, I’ve dug up the majority of the remaining potatoes, there are still four Desiree plants left to dig another day (ran out of time):
The paper bag contains a couple of kilo of larger Desiree potatoes for baking and the boxes are Desiree and Maris Piper. Though planted in the same location at the same time, the Maris Piper have been smaller but more abundant (not bad for a sprouting bag of potatoes the wife had forgot about).
If I watered more and used fertiliser instead of my composted garden waste I’d probably do even better.

Eagerly awaiting my apples to be ready now, from small apple to my stomach seems to take ages!

First pixy plum crop 2013

There’s still a couple of kilo on the tree, but here’s the first 6KG!


Tomorrow I’ll be removing the stones, what fun! Of course the real fun is in the eating, which I’ve been doing a fair bit of already.

Gigantic first early potatoes

Gigantic first early potatoes, it answers the question of what happens if I’m too lazy to dig them up!
This final lot weigh in at 5.25Kg, two bags full.

Late July garden update #gardening #food

Everything appears to be going well apart from the runner beans aren’t flowering yet.

Another batch of early potatoes that are actually pretty large:
One point devil kilos, 1.666kg. There’s another couple of rows of three plants left (on the left / just above the onions):
The main crop won’t be required till August:
But the plants still look good, they’ll keep growing and growing, muhahahaaa.
The onions are starting to gain weight:
And the leeks are doing well too:
The plum tree is still heavy (though a few have fallen)
Half the apples have fallen, but there are still some remaining
Lettuce consumption falls (in my house) when the potatoes are in season, but they are still cared for (watered):
(Sorry for sideways photo)

The raspberry plants are providing a constant supply, we’ll freeze some as we quickly get bored of them.
Strawberries are small and not very many, but my toddler loves them, so I don’t get to have any… maybe there are more that get eaten and I don’t see them.

And finally, who said lazy gardening doesn’t pay off? I’ll soon have blackberries because I couldn’t be bothered to clip back the brambles:

Dig for your dinner

Turns out my wife has been sharing out my first earlies so I had to dig up more. I don’t mind the sharing of my crop, but they should dig their own dinner and leave mine alone 🙂
Worth seeing the increase in size over the first batch:


2.1Kg, hopefully they’ll last a few more days than the last lot.

Today someone mentioned to me how disappointing the shop bought new potatoes are this year. It really satisfies my question of “are they worth all this watering and digging?” since they have a fantastic flavour.