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Summers here!

Lovely time of the year with everything growing really well in the polycrub – we’re eating salad, beets, carrots, courgettes, beans, tatties, beans, herbs and fruit. Waiting for the toms to ripen and the squash of course. 

 

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The new season garlic harvest.

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Once harvested we need to air dry to cure each bulb for storage through the winter.

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Heidi and Jasmine with their lovely kids Eva and Tilly enjoying the lovely summer sunshine.

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This is what I’m making with their milk. Vanilla ice cream and meringues and

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Soft cheese which I’ve flavoured with toasted fennel seed and lemon rind then rolled in cracked black pepper. Delicious!

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Busy weekend on the croft

Still bitterly cold but sunny this weekend, ground outside is till too wet to work so most of the work is still being done in the polycrub.

Latest batch of seeds have been sown in modules in the polycrub. 

  • Courgettes –  yellow, black and ambassador 
  • Butternut squash – Waltham 
  • Runner beans – our own seed and moonlight F1
  • Yellow French beans – roquencourt 

Also lifted over wintered rocket as it had got very bitter. 

Applied nematodes to the polycrub to kill the slugs 

Made ventilation slots above the doors in the polycrub to allow for some cooling on days when the sun shines but it is cold outside, much like this weekend. 

Moved the 4 hog lambs from Road Park to North Park and unless it is truly appalling night of weather they will stay outside

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Starting to look verdant 

Despite the bitterly cold wind outside the polycrub is taking on a predominantly green hue as opposed to brown earth. The seeds have mainly sprouted, tatties are showing through and the rocket is growing faster than we can eat it.

We had the first spring cabbage with our Sunday roast and very nice it was too. Lifted the remainder of the over wintering carrots from the rigs that were worth keeping – they’ve done really well, we’ve been eating them since September. 

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More seeds sown 

Spring seed sowing starting to ramp up. The following seeds sown in modules in the polycrub :

Dwarf sweet pea
Tagetes 
Marigold 
Zinnia 
Cosmos 
Viola
Lobelia
Heliopsis 
Pea – Hurst’s Greenshaft 
Dill
Parsley 
Tomatoes – legend and gardeners delight

Seed trays

The seeds planted earlier are all germinated, although they are still fairly small. The over wintered spinach beet is now ready for picking and eating 

Spinach beet ready for picking
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More seeds sown 

The beds in the polycrub are starting to get filled. Planted the following rows of seeds today along with a couple of rows of red onion sets:

  • Carrots – Early Nantes
  • Beetroot –  Moneta
  • Spring onion – White Lisbon 
  • Swiss chard – Rainbow 

Also sowed the following seeds in pots for planting out when they have germinated and grown on 

  • Lettuce leaf – gourmet 
  • Celeriac – Prinz
  • Leeks – American Blue Flag 
  • Leeks – Bulgarian Giant 

The white stuff in the picture below is crushed egg shells sprinkled over the seeds to keep the slugs at bay

The radishes have germinated,  so should be eating them in few weeks and the autumn planted shallots are coming on nicely. 

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Strawberry bed and rhubarb 

Finished making and planting the new strawberry bed next to the shed. We don’t seem to be able to grow strawberries in the polycrub, they grow well but the fruit tastes a bit mouldy which tends to spoil the enjoyment. So have made a raised bed next to the shed, south West facing and with a bit of shelter from the polycrub and planted the strawberries.  We’ll see how they get on.


Rhubarb is starting to come into leaf – always a sign that spring is on the way – so have given it a bit of a boost by covering the whole area with some compost/manure from the midden. 

Also tidied up in the polycrub, planted some rosemary, manured the fruit trees. 

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Another season starts 

Another season gets underway in the polycrub. Not much left from last year, just some rocket, radicchio plus autumn planted shallots, broccoli and spring greens. All looks a bit bare – although all ready for planting a new season of crops!

Have already sown some first early tatties, which should be ready for eating in June.

This weekend we sowed some radish direct into the soil and gourmet lettuce leaf inside which will planted once it has germinated.

With the sunshine this weekend it was nice and warm in the Polycrub – here’s hoping for a good spring and summer!