I was lucky that this swan flew by on my lockdown walk this weekend. I really enjoy taking photos of swans. When they fly, they make a constant call, which is very helpful in getting the camera ready for when they are close by.
One day before the shortest day, there are still summer flowers blooming in the garden. Surely the warm air escaping from the vent on top of my hot compost bin is not the reason!
The coldest night of the year, measured by the thermometer inside my polytunnel (with the door and window panel open all night) has only been -1 °C, I think this is the most likely reason. A wet and relatively warm winter where I live (so far).
Freshly picked bluemoon radish, sown in September and harvested yesterday. At first it tasted like quite a mild radish, and then 30 seconds later I had a sensation similar to a mouthful of whiskey, a general heating up of mouth, throat, and chest. I think it’s best described as mild to begin with, then turning hot!
New video: creamy tomato soup. Watch by following the profile link (click the logo).
In late summer, I tried several iterations of this recipe to find one that I really like and look forward to eating. I enjoy eating homegrown tomatoes fresh with a little olive oil, salt, and balsamic vinegar, and in gazpacho (a cold Spanish soup), but I wanted to find a hot soup recipe to enjoy in the autumn and winter.
An experiment with overwintering peas that I have sown in big containers. The peas were sown in October, and germinated quickly in the wet but warmish weather. I’m hoping that the fleece covering will be enough to protect them, and that come spring, the plants will start to thrive. Alternatively, the cold weather will do for them!
A young perpetual spinach seedling growing underneath fleece. I planted these in September, but this picture taken yesterday suggests the harvest is a little while away...perhaps next spring all being well.
New video: November allotment tour, watch by following the profile link (click the logo).
A tour of my allotment at the start of November 2020, including a review of the tasks done in October. See the contents below:
01:00 Late Season Tomatoes
03:04 Digging Up Old Globe Artichoke Plant
05:47 Clearing Asparagus Bed
07:24 Supporting Raspberries
08:04 Supporting Hybrid Berries
08:57 Bindweed In The Fruit Cage
10:29 Growth Of Apple Tree
11:09 Sawfly On Strawberries
12:10 Rhubarb & Dahlias
12:52 Fleece Protecting Perpetual Spinach & Autumn Radish
14:40 Supporting Broccoli & Winter Cabbage
16:58 Old Courgette Bed
17:28 Care For Leeks With Rust
18:09 Parsnip Bed
18:44 New Zealand Spinach, Chard, & Beetroot
20:24 Brassica Bed With Kale & Cabbage
21:07 Freshly Planted Garlic Bed
21:43 Bed Prepared For Shallots & Onions
22:05 Colourful Blueberry Bushes
22:32 Recap Of The Allotment Tour
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