End of August Harvest and New Winter Planting.

Hello all. Since my last post we have had a spurt of growth with the rain and warmth over the last few weeks. The finer and warmer weather has also boosted my spirits and given me a renewed vigor for continuing to grow and sow. With the news that shop bought vegetables will be much dearer this winter and the impending harsh budget, I have decided to sow and plant winter veggies once again.

I already had a few leeks in earlier and they are nearly ready for harvesting…but have also planted a few more baby ones that were languishing in their old little toilet roll holders…

 

 

and I am really looking forward to making my home made Leek and Potato soup again, even though we lost most of our spuds to blight. But Himself ย has planted a few red roosters that had started sprouting in the bag and if we get a frost we will cover them in fleece. They have already peeked above the ground.

A small row of parsnips that I only chanced growing this year in our fairly stony ground to which we added a fork’s depth of sand, has astonished us beyond belief as I thought they would have forked out not far below the ground, but look what we got….

 

 

Can you imagine our delight ! It took all our strength to try to gently tease these out of the ground. I will definitely try this again next year ๐Ÿ™‚

Despite the frost way back,when I sowed tomato seeds too early and I thought they had died, but I gave them a fighting chance and they pulled through. It was a long haul during the bad summer weather, but I nurtured them with home made brews of nettle and comfrey liquid feeds and a nice few of them did me proud …….especially the beefsteaks,as this was my first year growing these….

 

Another big surprise was that just for fun I sowed and planted a few seeds from last Halloween’s shop bought pumpkin…..I now have 4 plants winding around the garden doing their own thing, BUT….one of them has produced an offspring so far :)…..This was taken on the 28th August, and I think it has even got a bit bigger since then. I am so delighted, even if it never gets any bigger ๐Ÿ™‚

 

I have had a good crop of onions which are now drying out nicely and will soon be plaited and hung up to store. Another few rows of perpetual spinach have been sown and some are peeking through ย and a few more dwarf french beans and we are all set to eat home grown for another few months. Empty beds in the tunnel have been replenished with horse manure and I have a barrel of seaweed liquid brewing up nicely.ย 

We have heard that the weather is suppose to warm up next week, typical, because the children start going back to school from tomorrow , always happens in Ireland!

I hope to post again before I go on a bit of a holiday with my daughter and 3 children at the end of September to see my son who happens to live in the south of Spain, where it is warm,dry and sunny still. ๐Ÿ™‚

Thanks again for stopping by and reading my little ramblings,

Cheers and Happy Gardening,

Catherine.

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Out of the Gloom Came Harvest and Happiness!

Hello There to All my Followers. I wish to apologize to you all who have gone to the trouble of “Liking” or Following my Veggie Blog.I have not been able to find the time lately to let you know how my garden goes. Family circumstances over the last few months have intervened in my blogging ability and time. But I think we are coming to a conclusion in the next week or two. My daughter who had been staying with us temporarily with 2 young girls has found a house ,which should be available to move into soon. ย In the meantime, I have a free night to catch up with you all !

This year here in Ireland has been the wettest and coldest as long as I can remember, and that has been a “few” years now…LOL! Everything has been late germinating or devastated with blight, virus or slugs. We might have got a good day here and there, but I think it was just Mother Nature teasing us into believing it actually was summertime!

But with all that doom and gloom, some veggie plants struggled with their meagre life and decided to put up a fight to live…..and lived to tell this tale of fruitfulness ….Here are some of my success pictures…………Kayley got her own little tools and I gave her a patch in the tunnel to plant a row of Perpetual Spinach and 2 Dwarf French Beans,a Basil plant and a sucker Tomato….

 

 

after 2 weeks her french beans are …..Bloomin’ Great ๐Ÿ™‚

 

 

A few carrots,beetroots and turnips every day have kept my enthusiasm up and the first tastings before I blanche and freeze have kept my juices flowing……

 

 

 

Last year a gardening friend gave me some yellow cherry toms to taste…..I thought they would be bitter because I was only use to reds……wow, was I surprised…so surprised I managed to think of saving their seeds to try for myself this year.The other reds here are red cherry and garden hanging pearls. Ooops….note to self here…..save some more seeds for next year…:)

 

 

I am also looking ahead hopefully at these tiny Brussels Sprouts in the tunnel, dinner for the 25th Dec….not saying the “dreaded” word though…LOL!

I just knew I couldn’t resist a free packet of seeds from a garden magazine…..I DID try…but being a true gardener I had to….I sowed a few in case some would not germinate…..how silly of me to think that the one plant I really didn’t mind NOT to germinate would actually ALL germinate…..Please all feel free to call and empty my fridge so I can fit more food in..Courgettes (Zuchinni) galore !

 

 

 

 

I really..really hope that from 3 Aubergine plants that I have in a growbag will produce at least one fruit….I know they are difficult to set, but I am trying my best!

 

So despite the slow, bad start and middle and losing all our spuds to blight, there is always a light at the end of the “tunnel” and I hope it’s NOT the oncoming train….LOL!

To Autumn sowings and there is Always Next Year ๐Ÿ™‚

Cheers, from a Gardening Addict ๐Ÿ˜‰

 

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