Tuesday 28 July 2015
When You Need A Wheelbarrow
When you need a wheelbarrow to bring your garlic harvest you know you are doing something right,
The garlic has done fantastic this year and there is more than enough to see us through until the next harvest.
This batch is Purple Wight nice big firm bulbs
These are Massidrome an elephant garlic ideal for roasting whole
These are Eden Rose and every day garlic
All the onions garlic and shallots are drying off in the open fronted barn, along with some of the fleeces that are there.
I will keep some of the garlic and shallots for planting out end of the year for next years harvest, I still have another crop of onions and shallots to bring in, I don't think I will grow so many next year.
Also in today's harvest
Half a bucket of peas
Half a bucket of french beans
Next week I am going to pull out some of the courgette plants from the tunnel, they are taking over like triffids and other things need space.
The lentils are flowering a very delicate lilac flower
And the chick peas are in flower a pea shaped white flower
I would like to grow more of the chick peas and lentils next year I am considering a second poly tunnel but we shall see.
The peas I am harvesting are an old fashion pea they grow about 7ft tall, I do like peas that grow tall, not those silly 2-3ft peas that have flooded the market because it suits commercial growers, I find the old fashioned ones don't all come ready at once crop for longer and don't succumb to mildew so easily, when you think about it you may as well use the space growing up rather than loads of rows of peas, I get the peas from Victoriana Nursery.
I took advantage of today's sunshine and extended the Turkey run as well they growing really well, I love the noises they make, they may not be the most attractive bird but they are cute in there own way.
The past couple of days has see us have lots of rain, which has meant time indoors apart from the usual feed rounds and dog walking, I have spent my time spinning and preparing fleeces for spinning, also going through some boxes that have come from the shop, storage jars, tool boxes, cleaning products the end is in sight thank goodness.