The clay pot irrigation sounds good, but it sounds as if it needs a lot of space.
Harvest-first outdoor cucumber will be harvested today. It has gone from nothing to edible in no time and about a month earlier than ever before. Lots of raspberries. (Son picked them, and said that he couldn't eat them all, as he has learned over the years that he can't eat anything bigger than his head.) Strawberries. Courgettes, chard, beet(root), lettuce, rocket--wild, not salad, bay-but that was as much cutting back the tree as harvest, sweet peas, peas. P harvested garlic, his best ever. I suspect the courgette mountain will start in about 10 days, but tomatoes are nowhere near ready.
Sent samples (large jars) of 3 of last year's chutneys home with son to
help make space for this year's. He returned the bottles from damson
gins he was given for Christmas, in hope of same this year. He declined more chili plants, so I still have a glut of tiny ones.
Harvested my anya potatoes today, just over 10kgs not including what I have already eaten. I cannot get hessian or paper sacks here so I put them in a pillowcase.The locals say they cannot be potatoes because they do not look like potatoes!
A poser for somebody…..we refer to digging up potatoes but Mark Knoffler wrote a track called the potato pickers….do we dig or pick? The Irish contingent should know.
I think potato pickers are those guys who stand on the side of a contraption pulled by a tractor to sort and grade the potatoes. At home we dig potatoes.
Harvested blackcurrants today, they are huge! Also some redcurrants and will be getting our first beans for tea tonight. The beans will definitely be in a salad as it is way tooooooo hot, hence I am drying blackcurrants in the sun
Just picked my first round courgette, my favourite variety, also the first green patty pan and two bog standard courgettes. Guess what dinner is tonight… Also got yellow and white patty pans just to add excitement to the plate, but they are too small to eat as yet. Squash heaven.
They do look huge, Joanna. Or is that a trick shot with a tiny mustard spoon and a sheet of kitchen towel cut in half?
Mention of blackcurrants (and I have described this on here before, so please forgive the repetition) takes me back in an instant to when my dad used to cultivate approx three acres for the now-defunct nearest Ribena factory in Tipperary. This was early 1960s. He hired loads of local schoolboys to do the picking. It was not hard work but it was boring, obviously. The pay was 6 pence ( a "tanner" = £0.025) per small punnet and 9 pence for a large one. Punnets were weighed because there were so many cheats who would insert a few stones at the bottom, so he had to employ a friend to do the weighing and paying. A false punnet might weigh the expected amount but would look too unfull to the eye.
The crop was transported the quarter mile to the local railway station in the little trailer pulled by his tiller / rotovator with us kids sitting on the side boards. That branch railway was sut down in 1965 (a big mistake in hindsight when tourism began to blossom). I cannot recall what he did after that happened.
Picking praties " you are spot on, Danuta. Terrible backbreaking work picking them up after they had been dug and left on top of the ridges or whatever. Equally bad was planting them manually if you were the putter-inner following the digger of the hole, who could at least remain upright.
No not a trick shot, a piece of toilet roll and a teaspoon for size
Nice hat Joanna!
Thanks! Better than my Australian one for about town and the like
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