Category: grow your own

Ice Plant #? #flowers #pink http://ift.tt/2v3q7KS

Ice Plant #? #flowers #pink http://ift.tt/2v3q7KS

Yesterdays haul, loads of onions (centurion) ready for…

Yesterdays haul, loads of onions (centurion) ready for stringing, two big(ish) tubs of raspberries, french and runner beans and a trio of beetroot that had gone to seed.

My first ever parsnips!! Gladiator F1 grown from seed and they…

My first ever parsnips!! Gladiator F1 grown from seed and they were delicious. Also picked loads of “moonlight” (runner bean/French bean hybrid) very tasty and no strings!

My first ever parsnips!! Gladiator F1 grown from seed and they…

My first ever parsnips!! Gladiator F1 grown from seed and they were delicious. Also picked loads of “moonlight” (runner bean/French bean hybrid) very tasty and no strings!

My first ever parsnips!! Gladiator F1 grown from seed and they…

My first ever parsnips!! Gladiator F1 grown from seed and they were delicious. Also picked loads of “moonlight” (runner bean/French bean hybrid) very tasty and no strings!

My first ever parsnips!! Gladiator F1 grown from seed and they…

My first ever parsnips!! Gladiator F1 grown from seed and they were delicious. Also picked loads of “moonlight” (runner bean/French bean hybrid) very tasty and no strings!

A “big daddy” tomato one of several this sort of size. Hope they…

A “big daddy” tomato one of several this sort of size. Hope they taste as magnificent as they look.

“gardeners delight” starting to ripen making some lovely “small but not cherry” tomatoes.

meanwhile outside…….

A beautiful apple. The variety is “jester” and it is going to be a smallish crop but considering it was only planted last year I am happy that is has any.

Bumper cropping! First cabbage of the season, currants, carrots…

Bumper cropping! First cabbage of the season, currants, carrots and broad beans. Veg galore!

Week 15. Pretty low yields, but I’ve learned a bunch this…

Week 15. Pretty low yields, but I’ve learned a bunch this week. So it turns out calendula, or at least the wintersun variety, is a 5 week crop, not a 9 week crop. It has already started going to seed! I’m looking forward to using it, but I’m not sold on growing it commercially yet. If nothing else, the seeds are a really awkward shape and probably wouldn’t go through a seeder, so it would all have to be done by hand.

I also finally got a little snowball turnip today, and it tasted bloody awful. I don’t know if something odd happened to that particular turnip, or the variety or what, but it was just really bitter and almost sulphuric. I’ll keep growing a few batches in case it was a one off, but that may not make it to the scaling up I think. Strange since Curtis Stone, JM Fortier etc. all swear by them.

Otherwise, lots of little bits. Leafbeet and beetroot doing fantastic, but pretty much everything else is getting blasted by birds, so investing in netting seems pretty essential. Slugs don’t seem to be an issue this year, but snails definately are. My guess is that good netting would keep them out too. Dill is definately out of season now, and probably the season should have ended back in week 13 since the quality has nose dived since then, the same with spinach which is all done for the year.

Planting schedule wise, I think it’s definately 5 weeks for radish and 8 weeks for turnip at a minimum, and harvesting them over a two week period instead of all at once. I am assuming that’ll be similar for the carrot, hamburg parsley and beetroot too. I think salad leaves wise, 3 weeks to the first cut and then 1 week later for another in peak summer is just not at all realistic. 6 weeks then 2, with 5 weeks then 2 in peak summer (and only the two cuts) seems much more accurate.

60g salad, 20g radish, 10g turnip and 10g dill this week. First time I’ve had a leafbeet harvest too, and they’re pretty good. Earthy. No coriander, probably due to the birds, the feathery faces of evil.

First Courgette ??? #garden #gardening #growyourown #food…

First Courgette ??? #garden #gardening #growyourown #food #flowers #eat #courgette http://ift.tt/2suhC9i