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August 2011: the earlier posts in this blog are a mess, the result of me changing the format some time ago. I'm working to edit the entire blog from the beginning, but with over 4K posts and sodall time for such luxuries it's going to take a while... [02/09/16 - Now reached 09/10/2004]
If you come across any words you don't recognise in this blog, take a look at the Taylorspeke Glossary in the left-hand infopane, you'll usually find a definition there.
First, a recommendation. Dive over to The Jonathan Day Fiction Site and try some of the stories. I love this author's writing - it's funny, bitingly witty, dryly incisive, chilling, and deliciously subversive by turns. Absolutely well worth a look!
Wednesday, June 30, 2010
The first baby watermelon today - growing fast! I've pinched out the shoot so the plant can feed the fruit rather than making more flowers.
[grin] Growing quite a lot in a small space... From left to right, starting at the back, moving forward row by row.
Brassicas under netting (very satisfying to watch the cabbage whites trying to get in to lay their eggs and failing dismally!) - cauliflowers, Romanescu broccoli, Brussels sprouts: sweetcorn, partially obscured by the asparagus left to do its own thing.
To the right of the asparagus, partially obscured by the mange tout: two Swiss chard plants and two marrow plants.
Bird-sown strawberries: mange tout (the latter is very prolific this year, already have half a bag in the freezer from just the five plants that flowered first).
Marrow: courgette: butternut squash: dwarf French beans.
The twiggy thing on the makeshift frame on the slope is a goji-berry: the bamboo stick you might just be able to see to the back and right of the pic marks the site one of the honeyberry plants.
Leeks, carrots, spring onions, lettuces and radishes are off to the left, out of frame. (The bed is L shaped, 17 and a half feet along the long edge, 10 feet along the edge closest to you. [g] Ever tried to measure a veg bed with a tape measure and a cat who thinks you're playing with him?)
You can see how dry it's been by the fact that the grass is now basically straw! Rain is forecast for all day tomorrow, though, so hopefully everything will be green again in a few days (and then will need mowing...)
And yes, I know everything is a little closer together than it really should be, but given the size of the patch, and knowing how much I can get away with, as long as I keep it all weeded and watered it should all be fine.
And speaking of carrots...
<- Mine needed thinning out before carrot-fly season starts again (usually July, I think. I hope...) I shall steam the smallest of these to have with our lamb leg steaks for dinner this evening!
(This particular carrot is Thomson and Morgan's Nantes Frubund (fast crop), a good all-rounder that grows well here, and can be planted at practically any time of year, though they suggest Feb - Oct. It overwinters extremely well, making it possible to have young carrots in the spring. Photo © Ken Taylor)