Blueberries in November

Earlier this year we planted our first blueberry bushes in lovely old bath tubs. I wasn't expecting much from their first growing year to be honest, but was happily proved wrong. Two blueberry bushes provided steady pickings throughout summer right through to autumn, enough to keep the blueberry fans of the family satisfied. It's now … Continue reading Blueberries in November

Last Allotment Visit of the Year

Today I went to the allotment to dig up parsnips for our Christmas Day meal, probably my last visit to the allotment before the new year arrives. The parsnips look and smell amazing, 'Gladiator' always does well for me. The next few days ahead will keep me really busy but it won't all be about Christmas, we have a special birthday to celebrate too, our … Continue reading Last Allotment Visit of the Year

Greek Gigantes Beans

Back in May I blogged about having a go at growing a type of rare runner bean called Greek Gigantes. You can view the post here: https://thegardensmallholder.wordpress.com/2013/05/30/sowing-greek-gigantes/ I grew just 3 plants up tall canes at my allotment, they grew well in the warm sunshine producing lots of lovely white flowers. Leaving the pods to go … Continue reading Greek Gigantes Beans

Harvesting the Carrots

This year I grew carrot varieties that I've never tried before. After looking at so many tempting choices, I settled on a main crop variety called 'Flakkee' and a yellow-skinned variety called 'Jaune Obtuse du Doubs', a French heirloom with a beautiful sweet taste. Both nice varieties and trouble-free to grow if you fancy a change from … Continue reading Harvesting the Carrots

My Verdict on Cucamelons

I meant to post about my Cucamelon harvest a couple of weeks ago but time has just eluded me lately. I only managed to grow two plants so I wasn't expecting great things when it came to picking the fruits, however, I filled a small punnet  with my harvest which is pretty good going. But, that's where my praise … Continue reading My Verdict on Cucamelons