Sunday, 22 September 2019


After chemo on Friday, yesterday was a bit of a wipe out for me but J wandered off to the allotment first thing to see what the wildlife has allowed us to keep and came back shattered but with a trolley laden with apples, potatoes, squashes, courgettes, carrots and beans plus a lovely bag of tomatoes from a pal. Whilst up there he'd also cleaned up and re-netted the brassicas and tidied away all the dead sweetcorn stalks so he was really grateful for the lift home from the tomato-donating friend too! Walking through town he'd stumbled across an Isle of Wight Garlic stall at the Food Festival and picked up a new batch of seed garlic. For the last few years we seem to have hit a problem with voles or similar undermining our alliums so he's hit on a new ploy:

Wish us luck - we really really need a new harvest of garlic!

This morning's job for me (before I doze back off again anyway!) has been bean sorting - the second harvest for some of the frames and hopefully at least two more to come if the weather holds for the next few weeks. Once they've finished air-drying they'll join the others in their jars - these store brilliantly for months if not years and make winter meals so much more interesting. 

Borlotto pods
Blue Lake pods

Beautiful speckled borlottis

Creamy white blue lakes

A few stray little cobras

Hope your harvests are going well


  1. That's a lot of work to get garlic, lets hope it works.

    1. Thanks Briony - he's done two more this weekend!

  2. Hello, thank you for leaving a lovely comment on my blog. Your allotment sounds wonderful with lots of lovely produce and that is a great idea for growing garlic. I hope you have a better day today:)


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