Down on the Allotment

Matron grows vegetables and fruit in a courtyard garden. Which edibles will tolerate less than ideal growing conditions. Discovering how veggies can grow in partial shade.

Saturday, June 07, 2008

Look what's in my Trug!

The allotment is really starting to produce food these last few days. Look at these beautiful purple podded peas. Just perfect to eat raw, just as they are. I am going to save some seed for next year, this is an old heritage variety kindly swapped with Celia early this Spring.
Just enough harvest today to fill a small trug. I am picking my globe artichokes quite small so that the blackfly do not have time to establish. They are delicous just steamed and I ate them this afternoon with nothing on....... The new potatoes were much, much bigger than I imagined they would have been. I grew them in a bag in the greenhouse. The one remaining asparagus spear was steamed and given to my dog Buddy.. just for being a very good boy! The lettuce is from seed I bought in Norway, so they are very hardy.
I can leave you to only imagine the wonderful taste of freshly dug new potatoes. These are 'Rocket' which are described in the catalogue as ultra-early. I ate these steamed with fresh mint and smothered in butter!
More new potatoes dug today. We've had so much warm weather and loads of rain over the past few weeks that they have come on leaps and bounds. This variety is 'Red Duke of York' - stunning.
In a few weeks' time I will be posting 'Matron's Trugblog' - this is just to give you some notice that I will be inviting readers to take a photograph of their garden trug filled with fresh grown produce. Please go out and take some photos every now and then and I will be asking you to send them to me and I will post the Trugblog in due course.


At 4:14 AM, Blogger tlc illustration said...

Looks and sounds yummy! Lucky girl (for the warm weather as well).

At 5:40 AM, Blogger Amy said...

Ooooh stop! You're making me hungry! I really hope my garden actually produces something to eat this year...I'm crossing my fingers.

At 10:21 AM, Blogger Magic Cochin said...

You're way ahead of us Matron (at least 3 weeks I would say - it must be the London micro-climate).
Well done with the PPPs - they're stunners.
Love the idea of a Trugblog - I'll be sending you a trug-pic to post.


At 9:25 PM, Blogger Rob said...

The taste of things to come!
Your tits bred before mine, and you're ahead of me with everything else too!
Looks fantastic. If only I had a trug.

At 9:26 PM, Blogger Wild Mood Swings said...

Oh wise one how do you know when to lift your spuds , I was told that they have to flower first and when the flowers die off you can lift them.

At 8:13 AM, Blogger clairesgarden said...

mouth watering!! the hard work pays off!

At 12:25 PM, Blogger Matron said...

Stan - Flowering of potatoes is a sign that I look for, but I always pinch off any flower heads if I see them because I don't want the plant putting energy into flowers. It's usually trial and error, only the early earlies are ready now, you will just have to dig one up and look, or have a delve into the soil to find out. It's like searching for buried treasure!

At 1:19 PM, Blogger this is my patch said...

I am sure Celia would be very happy to put her name to your peas. They look fantastic. x

At 6:35 PM, Blogger beckie said...

Matron, thanks for the visit to my blog. No, I don't grow veggies. Gave that up when yhe kids moved out and I didn't need 100 qts of green beans or 50 qts. of tomatoes. I will admit to missing that have grown taste though. Your Trugblog sounds interesting and I will be watching for it and licking my lips when it is up and runing.

At 7:51 AM, Anonymous H said...

Hello Matron, thank you for visiting us occasionally at Courgettes and Fennel. Hope you've enjoyed your holiday.

I've tagged you - would you mind blogging six random things about yourself?

At 4:56 AM, Blogger tina said...

Will a basket work? I don't have a trug. I know, kind of sad.


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