Wednesday, July 30, 2008
Monday, July 28, 2008
What a difference one week can make! Last week I was sharing with you my pumpkin problems, And each day since then they have doubled in size.
Sunday, July 27, 2008
A Good year for Blackberries
Has anyone noticed how many blackberries are around this year? It seems to me as if there is a real glut this year, the hedgerows are loaded with them, and the blackberries in my garden are just fantastic.
Wednesday, July 23, 2008
The Fruits of my Toil
OK, OK so Matron doesn't do flowers.... but here is one very rare exception to the rule. You see, a friend gave me the seedlings and he wouldn't take no for an answer... so as not to avoid hurting his feelings... I grew them. 8ft tall and still growing - beautiful aren't they?
Monday, July 21, 2008
A Pumpkin Dilemma
This is what I am aiming for this year! A beautiful big, round, red pumpkin. This is the variety I am growing this year Rouge Vif D'Etamps - seed kindly donated by Petunia (the shoes on the left! And so far it looks like all I am getting is this!
Thursday, July 17, 2008
The Sex life of Plants
This is my climbing courgette 'Black Forest' I have t be pretty regular with tieing the stem up a trellis every couple of days but it has been quite prolific, and by far the best so far. It is 5 foot tall and still climbing now. My sweet corn is going great guns... now down to the sex part... at the top of the corn stalk is the flowering part. From this falls the male pollen...
Day by Day
Monday, July 14, 2008
News from the Greenhouse
Just look at these! Over the past couple of days I noticed that my tomatoes had changed from a green colour, to a paler green, and now for definite there are signs of ripening. This is phenomenally early for a beefsteak type tomato which usually fruit later in the Summer. This is a new variety this year from the Thompson & Morgan catalogue, it is 'Country Taste' - I will leave it to ripen really well, apparently the lycopene levels in tomatoes rise substantially the longer you leave them to go really ripe on the plant.
Saturday, July 12, 2008
An Amazing Day!
Today was amazing! please excuse for going off topic for a moment. I took Buddy to the RSPCA Annual Rescue dog show today... and he walked off with the top prize!
Thursday, July 10, 2008
Food for Free
Let me introduce you to a book which I have used and owned for about 30 years. If you are sick and tired of those pesky weeds which just grow and grow in the garden this time of year, then this book will give you a fresh way of thinking about them. For example, you can pick and steam chickweed, shepherds purse, nettles and even ground elder! Loads of exciting new ideas for hedgerow searching. See if you can find a copy.
Sunday, July 06, 2008
Note to self.... must grow International Kidney new potatoes next year! I have not tried this variety before, they are a second early potato which came out of the ground today, a wonderful milky white colour. If I lived on the island of Jersey and grew this potato I would be able to call it Jersey Royal.. because that's what it is. But I don't.. so I can't. You don't need to put butter on this hot new potato, it is just the most wonderful, wonderful ,waxy, delicious potato hot or cold.
Friday, July 04, 2008
Fourth of July in London
Things are hotting up in the greenhouse! The tomatoes need daily watering and weekly feeding. These are my new variety of beefsteak tomato Country Taste.
Wednesday, July 02, 2008
More from Matron's Trugblog!
More late entries greatfully received for Matron's TRUGBLOG. I am so pleased to present this offering from Scarecrow's Garden down there in South Australia. Of course it is Winter down there in the Southern Hemisphere, so this Winter trug makes a welcome change of scenery. *****