Sunday, 14 September 2008

another week gone by ...

The courgettes are slowing down, probably because its been so dark for the last week - I don't think we had any sunshine at all. It would be great the courgettes only ever grew this big.

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Looks like a few more will be arriving before too long. I've not yet plucked up courage to try the flowers .. .maybe next year

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My squash is now hand sized .. I have my fingers crossed that it is going to ripen in time. Ive noticed another couple of babies on the other vines, but its way too late for them I fear.

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Here are my Scarlet Emerald, OH is not keen on them, so I don't think we'll bother with those next year

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These are my borlotti beans - they are very vibrant ... I've not tried them yet. I was thinking of drying the beans and adding to soup, but I read recently that they are far better eaten fresh. Just need a recipe now ..

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My parsnips (all 4 of them) are looking good so far:

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I need to turn the compost, as its getting a little compacted and horrid. At the moment it seems to be full of tiny flies too. Oh, I've just realised I didn't cover it back over ... oh well ...

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There has been a lot of activity in the allotment next to Ken and a month or so ago some chickens moved in. I went round to introduce myself and have a little look at the chooks. There are about 6, some brown ones and whitey-grey ones (technical term LOL). The guy who has taken over the lottie (Rozzo, Rizzo ??) said he's getting between 4 - 6 eggs a day, so he's selling them: 6 for £1.00. I might have to sample some. If you look (very) hard in the photo below you can just make out one of the brown ones.

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Apparently the foxes are very brazen and saunter up to the chicken run and have a good look (chhosing dinner no doubt) before strutting off. I have to say that the cage doesn't look terribly strong, but he has kept chickens before, so I'm assuming he knows what he is doing.

I think the swede is ready to try ... pity I didn't get any carrots this season. I think they'll go in the greenhouse next year. I'll save one for halloween, as I've not got any pumpkins to carve.

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Hmm, something has been burrowing in the alfalfa bed. The adjacent bed in Nick's lottie had an even bigger hole - right under his raspberries. Presumably its a rabbit.

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At least the flowering bindweed is providing late season food for the bees

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The autumn rapsberries are appearing, but they are not a patch on the summer ones ... still there might just be enough for chocolate brownie cakes before the end of the season.

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I've noticed lots of dead bumble bees over the last couple of months, varying sizes, but all looking remarkably healthy .. apart from being dead obviously :-)

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The gladioli's are slowly appearing, they are very delicate and far too pretty for the allotment.
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The nastursiums are really vibrant, I have a mix of bright orange and burnt orange:
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