Yesterday’s afternoon of garden-centring in Lanarkshire was swiftly cancelled after our dog got into difficulty after chasing a couple of ducks into the River Clyde. A full-on rescue meant we had to head straight back home to get warm and dry. Continue reading And we’re off…
Things are even later than usual here and with the seemingly never ending Winter we haven’t really been out in the garden at all – fair weather gardeners and all that! The May bank holiday saw the sun come out and the mercury rise thoughand we finally had both time and the weather on our side to get stuck in. Continue reading Finally taking the garden in hand
Yesterday afternoon we headed over to Whitmuir Community Farm to take part in a joint event between Whitmuir and Food Communities.org where people were invited to visit the 2000m2 project at the farm and to bring homemade produce and seeds to swap with each other. I gingerly took my boxes of seeds out into the garden and shook the spiders out – thankfully I had LOADS to take (seeds not spiders)! Continue reading Homemade Food and Seed Swap
We tried ‘Salad Blue’ potatoes this year, a Scottish heritage variety, as they are supposed to be coloured all the way through (unlike last year’s ‘Arran Victories’) and retain their colour when cooked.
The harvest itself wasn’t great – only 1.5 Kg from three seed potatoes but they sure do look pretty. Wondering if it’s something to do with all the rain as there were quite a few rotten ones in the bag… They’re also an early variety so maybe we just lifted them too late although the foliage has not long died back.
They are more of a deep purple colour when peeled and they roasted up a treat (unlike the name they’re not a waxy salad type). They also retained their colour when cooked but the biggest surprise was how good they tasted. I’ve heard from other people that blue varieties have been disappointing on that side of things. They had a great depth of flavour, much better than the Epicures I roasted up with them.
These will definitely be on my growing list again next year.
I dodged the heavy downpours to pop out and harvest our first lot of potatoes of the year. 2kg of epicure spuds from three seed potatoes – not amazing but an improvement on last year.
This was bag one of eight – one more of Epicure, two of Mayan Gold, two of Salad Blue and two of Pink Fir Apple.
A quick look around the garden this past week has given us a lot of pleasure – we have things now flowering and producing edibles that we’ve never tried before and we’ve also had three indoor cacti flower – a complete first.
One thing I’m most excited about is the apples, we planted the tree three years ago and for the first time had lots of blossom, guess the pruning worked. We didn’t know if it was self-pollinating but, looking at the apples now starting to form, I guess it is.
The tomatoes that we grew from seed are doing remarkably well and even more exciting, the test container using Chase organics SM5 tomato feed already has tomatoes, guess it’s safe to say that it works.
The potatoes are flowering. We planted Pink Fir Apples, Salad Blue, Epicure and Mayan Gold this year. As well as Oca and Jerusalem artichokes, we’ll have plenty of tubers that’s for sure.
The cucumber is flowering, a new thing we’re trying this year, It’s remarkably similar to a courgette with it’s spiky stem and leaves.
We have strawberries…
And mange tout, another new thing…
As well as lots of other edibles that are just quietly doing their thing just now. Here are the cactus flowers, so pretty…