I can’t believe how long it has been since my last entry. I guess I got out of the habit and then my daughter gave birth to a premature baby in September and life took a somewhat different direction.
Eliza Clare came into the world by emergency C section on 14th September, weighing just 3lb. Thankfully everything was fine and she is rapidly gaining weight and so far has no major health issues. She has been home for 3 weeks and now weighs 5lb 5oz and has already visited the allotment so her mum could show her where she will be spending a lot of her time when she is with me.
Right, back to the growing. We had a very strange growing season here with a hot, sunny, dry spring followed by one of the dullest summers I have known. Rain then frost followed in September and October and now, at the end of October it has been warm and dry again. No wonder the plants are confused!
The greenhouse tomatoes took forever to ripen and just as they got going blight struck. I cut back every leaf and shoot that showed a sign of blight and actually only lost 2 of the 10 plants. I have only just picked the last ones and have just a few green ones to leave on the windowsill to ripen. The chillis and peppers did OK but the Sweet Peppers were got by a boring bug again. The fruits were usable but it is a pain and I need to find a way to kill the little blighters!
The runner beans were amazing down the allotment, they kept us all in beans plus lots in the freezer and I gave away a lot too. In fact, at one stage I debated leaving some on each doorstep I passed on my way home, I was so sick of them :) The peas were good too and I plan to grow a lot more next year to cover the whole season.
I have already planted out some garlic and some onions and have more to out here and at the allotment and the brassicas are doing well with more to go down the allotment next week. I won’t keep us in veggies this winter but I hope to have it better sorted next year and have a crop to harvest the whole year through.
After all, I have a grandaughter to keep in fresh veg now!