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First Spartan Apple

The first Spartan apple from the new* tree:
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Tasty πŸ™‚
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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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First pixy plum crop 2013

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

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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.

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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The first Raspberries and Strawberries of 2013

Sure, my son had a one or two and so did I, but I saved these for later:
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This is more Strawberries than we had the whole of last year!
Happy eating.

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 πŸ™‚

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 πŸ™‚

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!

Pixy plum 2nd year hopes are high

My pixy plum tree (Victoria plum on Pixy / semi-dwarfing rootstock) was bare last year (first year), a big disappointment.

The damson / plum tree (Merryweather on Saint Julian A / semi-vigorous rootstock) gave only a punnet or so, it was also planted at the same time as the pixy so it’s a worthwhile comparison.

This year there was very little blossom on the damson tree and few (if any) fruit buds now.

However, the pixy bloomed and we have lots of fruit buds:20130520-224620.jpg
I’m hoping for a Victoria plum this year!

Garden early May update

Following on from my recent posts about enjoying the baby lettuce and spinach (Mini lettuce salad and Not quite a salad, but it’s a start), here’s the latest update from Tim’s garden:

Here’s the second batch of Runner Beans (first beans didn’t germinate, probably because it was a cool start to spring) in seed trays, just before transplanting into bigger containers:20130511-161437.jpg
Also just behind is another batch of spinach taking shape.
And a transplanted photo:20130511-161423.jpg
I try and get them as big as possible before they go out in the wilds and get attacked by the slug army, the blackfly, the cat, foxes, etc.

The thinned out lettuce are taking advantage of the extra room:20130511-161430.jpg

The first early (Arran Pilot) potatoes are starting to grow nicely now we’ve had a few nice weeks, to the left you can see the main crop of (Desiree [red]) potatoes that were planted at the same time are a little behind in terms of growth:20130511-161445.jpg

The leeks in front (hard to photo them as they look like bits of grass at the start) have taken to living outdoors under the protection of the wire:20130511-161451.jpg
And the onions are doing really well under the protection of the wire too, they have grown through and will lie on top of it as the leaves get larger and flop down:20130511-161458.jpg

Happy growing!