1st earlies planted

•20 March 2017 • Leave a Comment

Decided to put the 1st earlies in a little earlier this year.  Will do the rest next weekend perhaps, if the weather stays good


Onion planting starts

•13 March 2017 • Leave a Comment

Good weather so started planting onion sets today.

2017 kicks off!

•4 March 2017 • Leave a Comment

This report will be very similar to the one exactly 1 year ago.  It’s still quite cold, so not much action just yet. Spuds bought (rocket,cara,saxon,desiree) might pick up another pack.  Onions too (sturon, turbo, red baron).  Still a lot of digging to do, but space has been made for onions.  Have dug a lot of compost in elsewhere.

Still a few parsnips in the ground but they have started to sprout so need using soon.  Still picking the last few spouts, again they have proved reliable in an otherwise poor year.  Tuscan kale – I REALLY won’t bother this year.  Broccoli will be sprouting before long. still a few leeks but the last of the swede has gone (not a bad year considering the other brassica failures). Lots of onions still in store, and a few more spuds.

Currently moving things around so the greenhouse isn’t available but hope to start some early sowings soon.

2016 spud totals – already!

•7 September 2016 • Leave a Comment

Not a good year for spuds.  Very early blight hit everything, even the 1st earlies.


Rocket – approx 20kg

Orla 22.4kg

Manitou 25kg

Desiree 12.6kg

Cara 39kg

Total – 119kg

Call it 122kg as there are a few Pink Fir Apple still in the ground at home which seem to have avoided the worst of the blight.

Thinned out the carrots to some extent. VERY difficult as they were broadcast sown.


Good onions, and beans

•21 August 2016 • Leave a Comment

A good year for onions. Havent strung them up yet but they are all dried out and are all good sized, only a few suffered rot.

Considering the very early blight, spuds arent bad either.

Manitou -25kg

Desiree (from saved sed, the source of the blight??! ) 12.6kg

First few Cara – 5.75kg.

Still lots of Cara in the ground.

Peas are all done, they grew well this year – wish I’d sown more.  Beans have also been very good.

Now pulling beetroot, and had a few carrot thinings.

Outdoor toms have blight – will scrap the lot and make some green chutney.

Kale looking good, as are sprouts.  All other brassicas are a disaster.

Courgettes are a bit low yielding this year, and the cucumbers look very poorly. Will aboid the “spacesaver” variety I think.


Onions out, spuds so far…

•6 August 2016 • Leave a Comment

Havent been very good at recording first earlies but I think a total of abound 20kg.  Not too bad considering the blight.

Orla were dug up yesterday – 22.4kg total.  Not tasted yet, but not that impressed (blight didn’t help).  A few odd, large irregular spuds, mostly medium size and fairly uniform, quite a lot of small ones that went straight on the heap.

Onions are much better.  Harvested the reds a couple of weeks ago, the bulk of the whites yesterday.  A little bit of rot on a few but mostly good sized onions this year.

The second sowing of carrots after the first got destroyed by slugs is coming along nicely. Broadcast sown, havent thinned yet.

Beetroot finally looking good, harvested a few already.

Peas got attacked by pigeons but were good – wish i’d sown more.

Leeks all in early this year, but dont look to have taken much advantage from this

Brassicas.  Disaster. Everything in the mid season sowning looks to be hit by root maggot – i’ve pulled up most of the crop already. Caulis were pathetic.  Might get 1 or 2 cabbages.  PSB badly hit by maggots (1st sowing destroyed by slugs).  Curly kale and sprouts look ok so far.

Will scale back brassicas next year – just not worth the effort.

Wet summer, slugs snails and blight

•12 July 2016 • Leave a Comment

A shameful lack of posts this year, but in summary it’s been wet.  Onions have done ok but cabbages and carrots destroyed by slugs, and blight hit spuds before the end of June.  Never before seen blight on first earlies