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First Spartan Apple

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

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Garden September 2013 update

The last batch of Desiree potatoes (they’re monsters):
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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:
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The Bramley apples are nearly ready, I’ve tested a few already:
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Sure, they tease me, but these, the first Spartan apples on my 2 year old tree, taunt me!
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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:
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There’s no neighbours that have ponds to my knowledge, so it’s a bit odd. They are tiny and very cute.

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

This butterhead lettuce (though not fully grown) has my name written all over it, won’t be today, but soon, very soon….20130608-181338.jpgOK, not longer after the photo and I’ve picked it 🙂

Other developments in Tim’s garden? Well, funny you should ask….

The pixy plums are putting on weight:20130608-181812.jpg
Note: spot my new and 90% finished shed in the background 🙂

The first apple buds on the young Spartan (three years old / second year in my garden). This is the best photo I could get: 20130609-110816.jpg
Then the potatoes, earthed up (still a few to do):20130609-214030.jpgEvery time I cut the lawn the grass cuttings will go around the potatoes. They make a good mulch, talking of which, it’s very important for runner beans, he’s one just starting its run:20130609-215239.jpgSure, a little slug munched, but it’ll be fine. I think you can see the slug pellets in shot, I’ve tried other techniques but pellets are the only thing that have coped with the demand.

The leeks are starting to be more visible in photo now, still a bit grass like next to the onions:20130609-214342.jpgAgain, it’s worth saying again, I’m really happy with the wire, it’s protecting against the cat running through and holding the onions up a bit more.

Finally, the raspberry plant had some bees gathering nectar points from it:20130609-220210.jpgIt’s surprisingly difficult to photograph a busy bee!

Spring in the garden (again, but with pictures) #gardening #green #money

The end of the garden needed some use, so I’ve taken up gardening!

I went a bit mad this year and planted all the onion sets I bought in a 500g net, I’ve got onions everywhere! I need my neighbours to take up growing their own so we can share sets, seeds etc. Whilst we are deciding what to plant in the front, there are onions there too, at least it adds some green shoots rather than plain soil. Notably the sets in the front were untouched by the blackbirds, but there are a fair few missing out the back where they spend more of their time.

The front onions LHS:

A few plants then some more:

The front onions RHS:

(argh, weeds growing too now)

At the back:

The new apple, plum and damson trees are showing signs of blossom and small leaves, but the old bramley is still pretty bare.
The pixy plum:

The damson:

The Bramley:

The Spartan apple tree:

It is about to flower, when the fruit buds come they are to be taken off so it puts its resource into growing rather than a couple of tiny apples.

The raspberry is slowly sprouting some leaves:

We really enjoyed the bush last year (our first year here), so I’m hoping it will provide a nice crop this year.

The strawbs are flowering nicely:

They were poor last year, so fingers crossed for this year. They are in big pots, I feel like planting them in the garden, but it’s another thing I should have done already and I don’t want to disturb them at this stage.

My runners are about 10cm high, slug munched, but hanging in there:

I started them off in the door-less green house, some weren’t ready, so they are waiting to be transplanted:

(a lot of slug pellets surround them now, at least 20 dead slugs I’d seen within 24 hours!)

Broccoli and also leek seeds sown, eagerly waiting to see some growth there (see top image between the new trees, broccoli on left and leeks in centre, right will hopefully be potatoes).

I’ve been meaning to plant my potatoes for some weeks now, they’ve sprouted (chitted) a little, but as they have been in a cool place they haven’t done that well. I keep putting them off as there’s a fair amount more digging to be done, but this weekend maybe…

I’m amazed how into this growing my own I’ve become, maybe my love of food and hate of spending money combines into a good (second) hobby for me. I do hope it’s worth it, we should save a fortune and really make the most of what I hope the garden will provide us.

Spring in the garden #garden #green #money

I went a bit mad this year and planted all the onion sets I bought in a 500g net, I’ve got onions everywhere! I need my neighbours to take up growing their own so we can share sets, seeds etc. Whilst we are deciding what to plant in the front, there are onions there too, at least it adds some green shoots rather than plain soil. Notably the sets in the front were untouched by the blackbirds, but there are a fair few missing out the back where they spend more of their time.

The new apple, plum and damson trees are showing signs of blossom and small leaves, but the old bramley is still pretty bare.

The raspberry is slowly sprouting some leaves, we really enjoyed the bush last year (our first year here), so I’m hoping it will provide a nice crop this year.

The strawbs are flowering nicely, they were poor last year, so fingers crossed! They are in big pots, I feel like planting them in the garden, but it’s another thing I should have done already and I don’t want to disturb them at this stage.

My runners are about 10cm high, slug munched, but hanging in there.

Broccoli and also leek seeds sown, eagerly waiting to see some growth there.

I’ve been meaning to plant my potatoes for some weeks now, they’ve sprouted (chitted) a little, but as they have been in a cool place they haven’t done that well. I keep putting them off as there’s a fair amount of digging to be done, but this weekend maybe…

I’m amazed how into this growing my own I’ve become, maybe my love of food and hate of spending money combines into a good (second) hobby for me. I do hope it’s worth it, we should save a fortune and really make the most of what I hope the garden will provide us.