Wednesday 29 July 2009

First Cauli

Begob, I wasn't expecting this one. Just lifted the net to check the cabbage and suddenly noticed the cauliflowers are ready for lifting. No one more surprised than myself. Great stuff. Mind you, we started on the British Queens today and they are not a patch on the Sharpe's Express we've been gorging on for weeks. Herself had a go with the courgettes today - poaching them with garlic for 10 minutes, then olives on top with mashed garlic, basil, thyme, lemon juice, olive oil and seasoning and into the fridge for hours before finally topping off with Parmesan cheese. Hmmm....

Sunday 26 July 2009

Barrel out of business

Seems the monsoon season opened just about the time Sean installed this state of the art water barrel. Coincidence? You think?

Saturday 25 July 2009

Tomato House Update

Dunno if it's Mark's Magic Mixture or Richard's Red Tomorite but something is working!

Monday 20 July 2009

First Carrots

Kevin suggested parking my Carrot-Fly Phobia so we lifted the fleece and found Good Stuff! We went on to discover edible Parsnips. One of the Kerr's Pinks looked a bit dodgy so we investigated and they're eating new Pinks at No. 46 tonight!

Friday 17 July 2009

Don't cramp your Caulis

Cauliflower was fighting with the netting on the hoops so it was time for the Trip to Kilcock to pick up some more timber from the sawmills out the old Galway Road opposite the Trim Turnoff. Knocked up another 2X1 frame, 27 inches high, draped with netting, home for lunch.

Thursday 16 July 2009

Damn those New Spuds!

This is what happens in the potato press when the new potatoes come onstream! All those totally dependable Tesco Roosters abandoned - thrown over for the latest bright young thing. Ah, the injustice of it!

Wednesday 15 July 2009

Tuesday AND Wednesday

These white early turnips were supposed to be picked at tennis ball size but this one escaped notice. Enough for two days. Five minutes boiling is as much as this kind can take. A few transplanted thinnings is all that's left of these boyos. High time to sow the swedes!

Sunday 12 July 2009

It's Not Just Cabbage, you know.

Great to see a bit of art and colour about the place and hang the Recession! I note that some mulch has been spread about since last week - could this be the work of the longed-for "young lads"?

Bring You Back?

Yeah well, we're back from beyant and it's a damp welcome we got last night. No need to water anything then, just as well. And today the first pea-picking expedition. Must be fifty years since we ate them fresh from the pod hunkered down in the rows. Muise.

Saturday 4 July 2009

Ok lads, we're away!

And we are Cumbria Bound...Jim Mac says he'll throw some uisce on the green stuff if there's a drought. Good man Jim. I left the blue barrel full of water for you. Hope it showers enough so you don't have to bother. Best. Paddy.

Friday 3 July 2009

Sharpe's Express sa mhála

There's your dinner now. First Earlies. Sharpe's Express. No Blossom ar all, seemingly. The blooms I saw belonged to renegade Golden Wonders! Forget the Cholestrol - Bring on the Kerrygold!