Saturday, August 24, 2013

Glorious harvest

Lighting not great, but quick visit to the tunnel yielded bounty. Gazpacho on the menu tonight, will have to fund a suitable end for the squash and aubergines

Saturday, August 17, 2013

Black trifele tomato review

Red medium sized tomato, with a hint of purple. Good texture, reasonable flavour. Ripened inside, so need to try growing again to give it a chance.

Sunday, August 11, 2013

Black cherry tomato

Large for a cherry, dark colour. Better grown in a hanging basket. Sweet! Great in salads.

Clear pink tomato

Large pink tomato. Great flavour and texture.

Danish export

Medium tomato. Prolific. Tasty, tangy, a little mealy. Almost like an apple.

Sunday, July 28, 2013

Aurora tomatoes

Medium, early ripening. Good size plant. Very tasty, a nice bite. Good texture. So tasty, I forgot to save seeds!

Saturday, July 27, 2013

Purple Ukraine tomato

Very productive plant. Lots of big plum shaped fruits. So many that plants are falling over.Early cropper. Good flavour. Sweet, not tangy. Smooth texture.

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Squash roundup

De nice a ronde, trailing green marrow and patty pan the best producers so far. The pickling cucumbers are very bitter. Crookneck all very small so far. Lots of male flowers being produced, so need to get more manure.

So far, winter squash are not prolific. One fruit per plant. Pumpkin growing like crazy, no fruit.

Garden pearl tomato review

A small pinkish tomato. Seeds all germinated, loads of healthy plants. Plenty of fruits per plant. Tomatoes go from green to a pearly colour before turning a pinkish red. Taste so far is unexceptional. First to ripen. Great for hanging baskets and pots, plant does not get big.

Sunday, February 03, 2013

January foodie penpal

This months Foodie Penpal exchange was a lovely start to the year. My package from Jenny at Silver Screen Suppers arrived last Monday, but I wasn't home during daylight hours till later in the week to photograph it. Which meant a lot of self restraint of my part!

As you can see a wonderful selection of goodies, very thoughtful and delicious.
The Cornish sea salt and peppers immediately went on an egg, post photos.

The 'olives' are chocolate covered almonds, very moreish.

I'm most intrigued by this umami paste, haven't decided where to use it yet, I suspect it will be a great addition to soups, the guys I live with are very fond of this taste.

I had some fun putting a package together for Sarah at  the wwfoodie, took advantage of the cold weather,many sent some Irish cheeses. Also some shamrock flavoured crisps from Keogh's. And some home made flapjacks. (Must take photos of my package next time!)

Already looking forward to my February pals!

More planting

Weather was very mild this weekend, so a few things achieved in the tunnel and outside. I had planted broad beans inside, these were a good dive, so I put them in one of the new tunnel beds. It will be interesting to see if slugs demolish them. Most are quite tall, so they may be safe enough, I put eggshells round the smaller ones. I also planted some more broad bean seeds in between them, in case of failure.

Seeds planted:
Indoors - Aubergine and chilli. Also sweet peas and broad beans.
I put some turnips and corn salad in the tunnel, it's pretty warm in there, and a lot brighter then the windowsill.

2 large pots with potatoes too, these were seed potatoes that started sprouting back in oct, they have been on a window sill since. They'll need fleece if it shows signs of freezing.

Great to have this much activity this early, taking some chances here too, but all in the name of learning....