Category: growyourown

Arugula going strong! #arugula #saladgreens #november #hardy…

Arugula going strong!

#arugula #saladgreens #november #hardy #allotment #growyourown #rucola #moestuin #nogsteeds

Weeks 30 and 31. So the clocks have changed and I have just…

Weeks 30 and 31.

So the clocks have changed and I have just been hit with a stupid realisation that daylight savings may actually be for a reason – it is entirely for my planting schedule. If I begin (and end) 1 week earlier next year on Monday March 26th, it will end by Sunday October 28th, giving me the same 31 week growing season but having it be delightfully bookended by the tradition. Thanks, cultural perception of time keeping.

My first picture is kind of a “before and after”. We had a play date over the half term. I knew kids likes berries, but this one kid came round and apparently they had the same reaction to radishes and dill, and completely raided the front two boxes. Not even mad. Just impressed.

Taking that into account we’ve had about 600g of mixed salad, about 150g of radishes and about 80g of dill. I think I can squeeze one more last cut out of the system, but the growth rate is rapidly grinding to a halt. 31 full weeks of salad growing time (another week to go) feels like a good block to me. Maybe in the future I’ll look at season extension or indoor things like micro greens, but for now I’m happy with that.

Planting out garlic today! Its feels like a complete…

Planting out garlic today!
Its feels like a complete contradiction to save the biggest, most beautiful garlic for planting, but I’m sure its going to be worth it when we harvest next year.

#garlic #saving #planting #growyourown #octoberactivities #allotment #knoflook #moestuin #herfst #pootgoed

Almonds at my parents place. #almonds #alomondtree #growyourown…

Almonds at my parents place.

#almonds #alomondtree #growyourown #nuts #autumn #amandelen #uiteigentuin #herfst

Blue skies are perfect conditions for collecting seeds. This…

Blue skies are perfect conditions for collecting seeds. This fennel will be put to use in a hearty and spicy bread this winter.
#fennel #seeds #seedsaving #organicgardening #growdontbuy #growyourown #growfood #moestuin #biologisch #nature #allotment #herbs #spices #kruiden

Week 29. Not much longer until everything gets tucked away for…

Week 29.

Not much longer until everything gets tucked away for the year now. My main activity is just after the kids get put to bed, but the days are getting so short now it’s getting less and less! Starting January, though, child 2 starts pre-school so I should be able to hit the ground running in the new year.

Salad bits: a solid 400g of mixed baby leaves, and an 80g bunch of radishes. I think that’s going to be the standard each week until I can’t push the plants any further, at about the start of November. There should be a dill harvest about then as well. Next year will have a lot more dill, carrots and beetroot around this time too, due to better schedule management, which will be good.

Week 28 of the growing season. About 300g of mixed salad and a…

Week 28 of the growing season.

About 300g of mixed salad and a good 100g of radishes. I’ve noticed that the tatsoi is a lot flatter growing than the other salad greens so I’m needing to give it a thorough scoop before the cut. Not much of a problem at this scale but it’s something to think about for the future.

The nights are getting chillier than I care to admit, and the annual denial of putting the heating on until a needless arbitrary deadline has begun.

More planning! I have written out, cut out, and spaced out the…

More planning!

I have written out, cut out, and spaced out the general allotment plot layout for next year. I’m squishing all my successes into half the space (a ¼ plot) and I plan to fill the freed up space with raspberries and strawberries. Loads of them.

It has also occurred to me I have yet to formally show my face on tumblr. Fortunately, child 1 has supplied my exact likeness for this purpose. Job done.

Trying out drying runner beans which have matured in the pod for…

Trying out drying runner beans which have matured in the pod for storage. Quite pretty!

21kg of ‘Stemster’ main crop potatoes drying out….

21kg of ‘Stemster’ main crop potatoes drying out. Quite a lot of slug damage though so not sure how well they will store ???