Wednesday, November 22

A few drops of rain








Monday, November 20

A very tiny harvest

We didn't go to the plot last week, mainly because we had a few days out visiting various places and shopping for now much needed thermal underwear. 

The days that we planned to visit the plot were cold and miserable and so we opted for curling up on the sofa. Martyn started going through and editing  the masses of steam engine video that we took on Saturday and I did a jigsaw puzzle and read an ebook on my iPad.

I wasn't going to write a harvest Monday post, until Martyn reminded me that we had been harvesting watercress, and I thought that it was worth mentioning that the watercress is still flourishing despite a couple of early morning temperatures falling to around zero degrees. It will be interesting to see just how low a temperature it can survive and whether the roots will survive over winter even if the top is knocked back.

Then when I popped into the greenhouse I  had a little surprise. Most of the greenhouse tomato plants have been cleared, but a couple in pots that still had tiny fruits, were left in the unlikely event that the fruits grew and ripened. In fact that is exactly what had happened and there were three ripe Golden Crown tomatoes just asking to be picked - so I did just that.
So there we have it our very tiny harvest.

Wednesday, November 15

Watching the birdies at Clumber Park



















Monday, November 13

Does this count as a harvest?

Usually on a Monday, along with other bloggers, I join Dave over at Happy Acres and share the previous week's harvest.

Last week we didn't really harvest any vegetables. It isn't that we don't have anything to harvest. We have the usual winter crops but we just didn't need any fresh supplies at home.

I wondered if I could stretch the term harvest to include a non-edible crop. If harvest means to gather and if a crop can be anything grown with the intention of harvesting from it then maybe I can include flowers. After all, when I was teaching we decorated the church with fruit, vegetables and flowers for the annual harvest festival.

So here is my last week's harvest.
Unlike the dahlias, the chrysanthemums survived last week's frosts.
The dahlia tubers will need lifting and storing overwinter. According to James Wong the tubers are edible. Apparently the plants were first brought into the country as an edible crop. We won't be eating ours. Has anyone ever tried them?
The chrysanthemums may have survived the frosts but the wind has had an effect on the plants. Most things on our plot lean to the east.
Next year I'm hoping to grow all the chrysanthemums in one bed, that is if they make it through the winter. I'll then be able to stake them to try and combat some of the wind effect.

I'm hoping Dave forgives me including my non-edible harvest as  I am linking to Harvest Monday hosted on his blog Our Happy Acres



Friday, November 10

My favourite gardening moment -

Back in October I received an email from Walton's asking whether I had a favourite gardening story that I would like to share with them with a view to it 
possibly being included on their blog.

As it came at a time when we were spending more time indoors, I decided to send them a story.

The event that I decided to share was when we uncovered a nest of hedgehogs back in 2005..

Then last week I received another email saying that my story had been chosen for inclusion on the Walton's blog along with stories from another five bloggers. (maybe they only received six stories).

They went on to say that they were entering the six stories in a competition that they were running, something that wasn't mentioned in the first email.

Anyway if you would like to read the stories they are published here

I don't expect to win the competition but hopefully I will receive some votes so that I'm not too embarrassed.

If you wish to vote for one of the stories - not necessarily mine there is an option to do this.


Wednesday, November 8

Feline comfort