Tuesday, 30 October 2012

Jay!

A jay in the garden this morning...
As I sit and have my morning coffee and watch the squirrels and garden birds a beautifull Jay paid a visit...
great start to my day, to see this shy and colourful bird

smile :-)

Saturday, 27 October 2012

tingly stung hands!

Today was chill but sunny
perfect  allotment morning....
Dug up the last of the potatoes... big sarpo miras [yum yum baked potatoes]
cleared the plastic grow house... ouch ouch lots of stinging nettles
but amoungst the nettles were the last few sweet potatoe plants, these were the left overs as I had run out of space outside, [had a very good crop from the out door ones that i dug last week as the frost had finished off the foliage] so dug them up.... lots of small sweet potatoes, and lots of bits of bigger ones... been munched again!! Outside lot had had all the mole protection, and now i know its worth the effort as all i have fromthese plants is enough for one big batch of sweet potatoe chips....lol...never mind we like sweet potato chips :-)
The oca have survived the cold spell so far and looking green and promising, i am resisting the temptation of ferriting around the edges to see if i have tubors, fingers crossed if they keep growing on into november i might have a few oca at the first attempt... fingers firmly crossed!
So,
stung fingers, last of the rotocco peppers, potatoes, baby sweet potatoes and some chard.... oh and a few cannellini beans that had been hiding amoungst the sunflowers... a good day overall me thinks!

Sunday, 7 October 2012

autumn.....

Supper last night was a cheesey vegetable bake,
home grown potatoes, carrots and parsnips gently steamed,
home grown blue banana squash, onions and sage gently fried in butter
add all of above to a rich cheddary  cheese sauce,
put into oven proof dish
top with a mix of fresh breadcrumbs, chopped nuts and more cheddar
bake in the oven 'till bubbling hot and browned...
harvest has been variable this year
obviously due to the weather
but root veg and squash are oh so tasty
and the borlotti beans and cannelinni beans are definitely something I will be growing again....
[yummy chiili, yummy bean & carrot shephardess pie]
sweet potatoes and oca yet to be dug
so we will see