Week 16 of the growing season.
The seeds are fine, it’s just too freaking dry! Over concerns about the awful germination rates (as in, like, next to nothing growing in the last few weeks) I worried that the shed became so hot as to cook the seeds. Nope, the seeds are fine. Frustratingly I cannot water the plot any more than I am currently, and I anticipate that efforts to mechanise the watering (sprinklers and a timer) would annoy people. This drought is unusual, but unusual is increasingly occuring. I am now turning to design to help provide shade to hopefully reduce evaporation next year. Shade cloth is one option, but costly. Currently I am thinking of growing new potatoes, winter squash or basil as a yield producing shade provider.
No salad harvest this week due to poor germination, but the transplants are taking names and kicking ass at the moment. 50 x 50g baby courgettes, and 15 x 50g cucumbers (50g per week seems to be the average gain from flower to fruit over that time), and 250g of dill. £9 from the salad stall, best week yet! I think there is a magnetism provided by crop diversity when it comes to the stall. Restaurants and catering is totally the way to go for bulk (specialised) salad growing income, but for the low hanging fruit of an (unstaffed) honesty stall – diversity is definitely the route. I feel, for now, that aiming for diversity and getting a solid base of a few hundred pounds a year will be more context appropriate than bulk restaurant greens. As a full time carer, a parent of small humans and a vehicle-less muggle, I just don’t see it happening in the next year alone. So, more species and more transplants next year I feel!
Courgettes and cucumbers, with 1 weeks worth of growing time from flowering. The average is about 50g weight per fruit, with courgettes making about 8 fruits each plant, and cucumbers making about 0.8 fruits per plant. The cucumber plants had way higher survivability than the courgettes, and they taste nicer, but they are (so far) only 10% as productive as courgette plants.
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The wineberry patch is starting to look pretty good. These fantastically weird rubus berries (raspberry, blackberry etc) are hidden inside the sort of lantern like covering until they start to ripen. They taste like slightly sharp and tropical raspberries, a little like a physalis (cape gooseberry). If enough survive the kids I might try and test their namesake and brew them into wine 🍷
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First proper cucumber and courgette haul of the year 🙂 I have kept them as a modest size as I am noticing signs of blossom end rot, and I’d rather not risk leaving them out in the open too long. Including the ones we’ve been snacking on up at the plot, that’s a good 12 cucumbers and about 50 baby courgettes, hopefully every week (maybe every other week), from about 8 courgette plants and about 16 cucumber plants.
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An early harvest for tonight’s dinner. Thanks, allotment. All I got for you was animal poop.
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To quote Homer Simpson: “Now we play the waiting game… Oh, the waiting game sucks, let’s play hungry hungry hippos”.
Upgrade complete on the pallet composter.
Aaaargh, not again!!! We’re going to need all your advice and tips on what to do about plum fruit moth. We’re at our wit’s end and desperate for some plums!
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Week 8 of the 2018 growing season.
The first proper harvest of the year! As an experiment (to see the effect on the leaf size) I only harvested a little last week, but this time I followed the schedule which has resulted in 1kg of spring mix (mixed lettuce, kale, tatsoi), 450g of spicy mix (rocket, mustard, mizuna) and 150g of radishes. This easily beats my biggest harvest from last year using the (smaller) wicking box system. I had to go back out again for harvesting, as I was not prepared with bags enough to carry it all home the first time!
The plan this week is just to see how much salad we can eat, but we may already be looking at selling/giving away a bunch. There is no way we’d be able to afford this much organically grown salad conventionally, and even including costs like seeds, compost and even time – it is still totally worth it. Plus, it fills me with a rebellious delight that I am (relatively) independent from the mainstream food system in some way. So, this week, I am fuelled by spite. Spite, and salad.
Dehydrated raw apple. Perfect as a topping on (n)ice cream, add to your granola for a bit of a sweet and sour crunch or do as I did and just eat it by the spoonful.
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