Down on the Allotment

Matron grows vegetables and fruit in a Hampshire garden. I've been growing veggies since I was knee high to a grasshopper. Some traditional varieties and old favourites as well as new ideas. I share my garden with my allotment assistant Daisy the Labrador. On Twitter as @MatronsVeggies

Saturday, July 11, 2009


I am finding it difficult to keep up with the soft fruit picking at the moment. I go out almost every day and find something has ripened over the past 24hours. I am having to share these blackcurrants with the blackbirds at the moment! They are perfectly ripe, and sometimes you find an enormous specimen! It is also quite entertaining to find dollops of bright purple bird poo all over the garden (unless it is on your clean washing hung out to dry!)


At 9:32 AM, Blogger Shaheen said...

Those blackcurrants are so big and juicy looking!

I was able to cover my blackcuirrants with netting this year, but not the redcurants, the birds got to pretty much all of them. Oh well, some for them some for us.

At 11:13 AM, Anonymous easygardener said...

It's lucky the male birds are black - allows for some sloppy eating and no fear of the drips showing on the shirt front!

At 1:57 PM, Blogger Unknown said...

The birds are happy to share and I'm sure you don't mind:) What a harvest!

At 4:37 PM, Anonymous kitsapFG said...

Those look delicious! Wish I were nearby... I would offer to help you "keep up" with the harvest!

At 5:13 AM, Blogger Toni said...

What beautiful berries!

That would be awful to have your drying laundry dotted with purple spots!

Reminds me of a time quite a while ago.. prekids... when I was walking past the old post office building in Boston's financial district in my black suit jacket... when a bunch of startled pigeons pelted me white!!!

At 10:49 AM, Anonymous Nip it in the bud said...

great blog :o) I'm inspired by your idea of photographing produce alongside something to illustrate how big it is. Zooms have an uncanny way if making currants look enormous and whopping cabbages small!

At 1:07 PM, Blogger Rob said...

Hi Matron, Some of the new varieties of Black Currants are really big, I bought a couple of new bushes last year and although they haven't fruited much as yet it looks like when they do we're going to have loads of big berries. Its hard to know what to do at the moment because there are things that want picking but there are also weeds needing to be got up not to mention hedges to cut and flowers to dead head. Bob.

At 2:46 PM, Blogger miss m said...

The berries are splendid ! I guess it’s a toss up between sharing and purple poo, or wasting precious gardening time untangling birds from netting. He!

I watched Hampton Court Flower Show this week-end (via torrent site). There’s a lot of emphasis in recent years about growing veg. (Matron must be thrilled). I know these show gardens are staged to the hilt but the veg gardens were all really lovely, don't you think ?

At 5:20 PM, Blogger Petunia's Gardener said...

You are bringing in quite the harvest! How sweet to share it with the critters too... I'm still in troubled computer land, but I'll try to submit a photo later today! Your broad beans are putting on quite the flower, here!

At 8:14 PM, Blogger Susan said...

I thought my currants were safe, they were getting really juicy looking. Then a fat looking blackbird has beaten me to it though and munched them all today. (We didn't have as many as you).

At 11:27 PM, Blogger Matron said...

Bob - Yes, I think I remember reading about a blackcurrant / gooseberry hybrid? was it called a jostaberry?
Miss M - yes, all the 'flower shows' are doing more vegetables to reflect what the public wants. Even Mr President and Her Majesty are getting in on the act too!
Petunia - So glad to hear that your crimson broad beans are doing well, they are spectacular!


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