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

Wednesday, September 09, 2015

Final Harvest

 This will be one of the final posts from my current location.  After nearly 35 years on the same patch of land I am having to move elsewhere.  The pumpkins weren't great this year.  These Rouge Vif D'Etamps pumpkins should have been much bigger. Don't know why.
 I grew melons for the first time this year.  These are a small variety grown outdoors called Minnesota Midget.  I'm just waiting a little longer for them to fully ripen.  Just a little press on the end of the melon to see if it is ripening, and a little sniff to see if I can smell the perfume.  Fingers crossed.
 Chillis are ripening nicely in the greenhouse.  These are some of my Joe's Long Cayenne peppers.
 Another variety I grew is these Spaghetti Chilli.  These are fun!
 I grew these Giraffe Sunflowers to try to attract bees and pollinating insects to my patch.  Hopefully in the weeks ahead the birds will get something out of them too!
 Tomatoes are looking good this year, no problems with tomato blight, it has been fairly dry, but I'll keep a lookout.
Regular blog readers will like to see another picture of Leo.  My garden assistant is 15 and a half years old and still plods down to the allotment with me. What a brilliant garden companion!