Tuesday, 21 August 2012

Boom to Bust, in Plum terms

Seeing as last year was our first year in this garden we were intrigued to find out what the main tree in the wee orchard was.

When the fruit started to appear we had no idea what these wee green things were (having never seen anything like them before).

It turned out to be a Plum tree, which ended up producing nearly 18 kg of Plums. We had Plum jam for months after, and some very yummy Plum Vodka too which we only finished off at the start of the summer.
The branches were laden down with the weight of the fruit this time last year...

We couldnt believe our fortune!

This year its been a completely different story...

How many Plums did I find?

And why? I have no idea.

I suppose we'll just have to wait and see what happens next year (and maybe do a bit of reading about how to take care of Plum trees in the meantime).

Saturday, 18 August 2012

Catch up in the Garden...

Its been a while since my last post but July/Aug with kids seems to fly by. Next thing you know and it will be back to school time!

As for the garden, well I was going to tell a tale of woe, of a garden that hasnt dried out all summer, or of the hundreds of slugs which have eaten all of our carrot seedlings, and the tops of most of our onions, and are slowly eating their way through our cabbage (regardless of beer traps) and I took photos to prove it too.

But why share the woe when most gardeners are all too familiar with my tale.

So instead I'll just share a few photos of what is doing well this year.......our Strawberries and our Tomatoes. And where are they? yep, in the polytunnel, out of the rain.

The strawberries have finished giving their crop so are now concentrating on 'spreading their wings' and producing offspring, in abundance!

I plan on potting up as many of the runners as possible in the coming weeks.

A small snippet

The Tomato plants (Gardeners Delight), all 20 of them, are thriving, I've had to 'top them' before they took over the tunnel though.

I planted them out 2 weeks later this year than last year, so we are still waiting on them to ripen...

We cant wait for a bit of red.....

Ok, just one photo of my woe this year...