Tuesday 28th July 2015

Last week we hunted parsnips. This week, carrots. We have covered them with a frame of enviromesh against fly, birds and rabbits. It was all too easy then to forget about them and fail to notice the burgeoning mayweed, forget-me-nots, scarlet pimpernel, fat hen that are beautiful in their own way, but are smothering our food! When we find carrots, we are amused by their multitudinous misshapen forms – not sure we’ll be so amused when cooking with them … It’s not stony ground, so maybe the forkiness is down to excess fertility. I’ll live with that.
The dock seed load is something to behold. Recently planted leeks are already being elbowed and crowded by pubescent dock plants. We tease those out today while it’s still an easy excavation.
As a relief from all the weeding, we plant out some more leeks – and our charming Austrian WWOOFer is delighted with the process. I admit to her that it is my favourite job in the garden.
Then, lucky me! – my second favourite job … digging potatoes. We clear out the remainder of the first earlies. The Sharpes Express (allegedly Percy Thrower’s favourite) make great floury roasties or wedges. The Accent – waxy, firm boilers – have given us a bumper yield this year. Some of the larger tubers would make a maincrop proud. We won’t be doing dainty with these.
In the greenhouse we finish sowing winter salads to set out later: radiccio, endive, purslane, lettuce, cornsalad and winter cress. Some will go in the polytunnel, some will go outside under fleece or enviromesh.
And finally we round up this week’s glut of courgettes (not fed up yet!) and threatening glut of cucumbers. The outdoor Marketmore are getting a bit prolific.
This is the time of year when we stop buying vegetables from anywhere – and eat nothing but our own … bliss!
This evening I shall sit in the cottage/truck garden, hum with the bees on the borage, inhale the heaven-scent night-scented stock – and marvel at it all.
Tuesdays in the Triangle Field (Community Supported Market Garden) are busy, sociable, friendly, relaxed, productive. Volunteers are made welcome, fed, watered and rewarded with produce. Let us know if you would like to join us either regularly, occasionally or just for a one-off pleasure.
Tel. 01743 761418 email: crabapplecom@hotmail.com


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