Sunday, 14 September 2014

Composting & Harvesting

A warm reasonably sunny afternoon gave us time to deal with our compost.
Purple-podded mangetout with such pretty flowers
We're moving their position back to where they were year 1 - they hopefully won't mind the hedge/tree roots as much as some of the vegetables do.
The black Dalek bin has been warmly composting all the old cuttings, cardboard and kitchen waste (and a bit of manure) for over a year - close to 18 months.
Straight from the compost bin
Lots of lovely clean, pink little worms, wood lice, millipedes and beetles (mostly devil's coach horses) have been doing a good job breaking down all that organic matter. We roughly riddled it all - through an old fire guard topped with chicken wire - and bagged up the resultant compost.
The end result after riddling
Mmm, so good to feel with your fingertips! We're storing it in the empty bin to keep it nice and warm before we make our new (additional) strawberry bed with these potted-on runners.
Runners still attached to the mother plants
The remaining woody bits, cardboard and eggshells (which we're amazed remained un-rotted) were returned to the other compost bin as brown waste.
Before going home I picked a load of Zephyr squashes and some other veggies for a few meals, plus a few for work colleagues. There's parcel in there too - lovely celery tasting parsley-type herb to add to some potato salad lunches this week.
The mangetout and asparagus peas are so delicious fried in butter!
Patty pans a-plenty!
Festival Squashes
As you can see, the patty pan are going a bit crazy and some Festival squash seem like they may actually come to something - especially if the weather warms up, as forecast. I hate to say it, but we could really do with a few drops of rain! We keep having to water our toms. I've ordered some jar lids so I'll soon be making tomato chutney - hooray!

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    1. It's changing fast now, including misty mornings :-(

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  2. Your plates at dinnertime must be so colourful and therefore very healthy. Love the trug of veg and your tumbling tomatoes are quite incredible. What a harvest!

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    1. It is lovely to have a colourful plateful of grub! The Lizzano tomato plants have done brilliantly - we buy grafted plants but one of these snapped on the stem early in its life so we were worried it wouldn't produce much - it clearly didn't mind!

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