and our take home boxes are still brimming, (‘though the grapes are from one of our members).
It’s early September. Splashes of colour are dotted all over the site.
Under cover in the polytunnels, tomato reds and marigold yellows.
Outdoor colours include vivid reds of bean flowers, nasturtiums and bean pods, lilac/purple of kohlrabi, yellows and greens of nasturtiums and courgettes, and unmissable pumpkins.
In the cauliflower patch, a cauliflower was discovered… but what a size. Once the outer leaves were removed, the head weighed in at 3.3kg.
Among the other veg harvested today were aubergines, again of ample proportions.
Autumn fruiting raspberries need regular picking, while boxes to take home provide an array of colourful, healthy produce.
Showers were forecast but with the right attire weeding is tackled.
Actually there was only a sprinkling of rain, so newly sown green manure needed watering.
Late experimental Florence fennel was planted in one of the polytunnels, while veg harvested today included potatoes, climbing French beans, brokali and cabbages.
Note the rather novel hands on approach to removing outer, damaged cabbage leaves, direct inside the compost bin.
And these are some of the boxes to take home today, as others contained potatoes, French beans and courgettes.
The tomatoes are ripening well, helped by the removal of side shoots and lower leaves, and for the very tall plants, extra tying to supports.
Companion planting can prove beneficial, seen here where marigolds are growing next to tomatoes.
Pumpkin plants are being pruned to ensure goodness is directed to the pumpkins.
Little “critters” (slugs/snails) have enjoyed the dwarf French bean leaves but the beans themselves are fine.
As always, the coffee break is welcome, as is the baking.
And at the end of the morning’s work, today’s colourful harvest is shared.
Each year our garlic, onion and potato harvests are shared out equally between members, who store them at home, and for some the garlic and onions will last until the crop for the following year.
The 2017 garlic harvest has been of four varieties, with the weight of each member’s share following the name of the variety; Arno (558g), Cristo (682g), Thermidrome (846g) and Thermidour (1,551g).
Seed garlic is our most expensive annual outlay but with with 2.4kg each to see us through the winter, this seems to be a good investment in locally grown garlic raised using organic principles.
I’m doing a catchup as I’ve been without broadband for 15 days, so these photos were taken mid-July.
Garlic and onions were left to dry, first in the polytunnels and then outdoors, using any available flat surfaces.
Slugs and snails have had a go at the outer leaves of red cabbages. Other brassicas and some lettuces are under-cover, while peas and lettuces were growing well on one of the experimental no-dig beds (“were growing” as now they’ve been picked).
After a shaky start the leeks are now progressing, while the scarlet runner beans, sunflowers and sweetcorn are definitely “doing well”.