Wednesday, 9 November 2011

prize winning

here's kim collecting our silver award for encouraging wildlife to thrive on our allotment.

Monday, 29 August 2011

Friday, 5 August 2011

a tale of two cucumbers

i don't think that i even like cucumbers but i wondered if i might change my mind if i could grow them myself.
these two began life as seedlings together, One stayed at home, against a wall and in a pot, whilst the other went to the allotment and barely got off the ground.
tim will be having tuna and cucumber sandwiches for lunch tomorrow thanks to the one that stayed at home, and if it's any good then i'll know what to do next year.
grown at the allotment, in the ground, against the greenhouse

grown at home in a smallish pot against a sunny wall

Sunday, 31 July 2011

 quiz: how many frogs can you see here ?
 four !
i think kim's carrot bed looks like a beautiful painting, she's very good at that.

and some drying garlic

we're eating now, a few:
dwarf french beans
courgettes, yellow and green,
alpine strawberries
rainbow chard
frogs legs (joke)

Sunday, 10 July 2011

sweet peas  :  garlic  :  green courgette  :  yellow courgette  :  peas 

Teasels are flowering




Wednesday, 29 June 2011

i cycled up to plant out the last of the french beans this morning and noticed this leek, quite literally bursting into flower. beautiful

Saturday, 25 June 2011

dodging tennis and finding a frog

i snuck out, to escape wimbledon on the tv, one afternoon this week and spent some happy time picking fruit.

and finally got to meet the frog that has moved into our pond.

Friday, 10 June 2011

cammomile for everyone

i made lots of cammomile tea this week. a big bunch had self seeded in the greenhouse - making it smell divine everytime we went in to water the tomatoes.
i packaged up the flowers to keep me in tea for a while. i estimate it'll be about 100 teapots worth just from this bunch, at a rate of 8 flowers / pot.
and then the transition chinchillas took care of the stalks. A most pleasing permaculture solution i think !

Friday, 3 June 2011

purple and yellow

very baby yellow courgettes

purple pea flowers

Thursday, 26 May 2011

the light is different here in the afternoon.

Wednesday, 18 May 2011

lovely visitors

lots of beautiful visitors this week - we're open for anyone anytime, just let me know if you'd like to come

Tuesday, 10 May 2011

a cammomile and phacelia posy
broad beans

rampant cammomile

baby gooseberries

cherry tomato plants in the greenhouse


phacelia as green manure

purple asparagus

barely any rain for weeks now but everything is growing  remarkable well reagrdless, no doubt due to our constant efforts to improve the soil. looking for a place to plant out the goji plants this week, and lots more seed sowing.