Berries, beans, broccoli and beds

I’m still picking berries, and making fruity booze with them. This one is a mixed blackberry and raspberry vodka. Well, it’s the best way to use up a cheap bottle of vodka in my view.

Also working my way through a hoard of dried beans. These borlotti and flageolet beans were made into homemade baked beans.

And I’ve started harvesting the purple sprouting broccoli. This is Rudolph extra early, hence why I am able to harvest this in October. I think this is about the earliest I’ve had it. In fact one of my five plants has bolted already, but there’s also one that hasn’t started shooting yet, so there you go. I didn’t spot those caterpillars hiding on the bottom picture until I viewed this on my computer. Crafty devils.


Top, middle and bottom of the plot. Not very photogenic, but satisfyingly dug over (thanks to John) and ready for the first frosts which help to kill off any tender weeds and break up the soil. Just in time too, it looks as though arctic weather is on it’s way by the end of the week. All that’s left on the plot now are the blackberries and raspberries (which are coming to an end now), leeks, purple sprouting broccoli, parsnips and a few measly carrots.

I’ve decided not to bother with planting overwintering onions this year. They struggle to cope with a harsh winter, then they’re parched in a typically dry spring, and then they rot or get blight when the rain starts. And even if I get them through all of that, they don’t keep for long anyway. I had much more success (despite blight) with the maincrop onions this year which are still keeping very well.

I do, however, need to get some garlic planted. This can be hit and miss too, but it’s mostly okay and more worth the effort. And I’ll start a few broad beans off in my cold frame for an early spring planting. I need to get my skates on before the cold hits us. Brrr.

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