Both my boys have been a bit under the weather since the beginning of the week with coughs and colds but are both at school today for the new week.
They are both doing homework about the Strata Florida Abbey the ruins of which can be found in Pontryhdfendigaid, the next village to us.
I've had great fun helping Alfie write a slightly tongue in cheek newspaper account of the time the site was part of the dissolution of the monasteries, complete with an advert for insurance! He has worked really hard on it so hope he gets a good mark.
This weekend I harvested these lovelies!
We had the spring onions with tea on Saturday and I shelled the pea pods; the latter was a bit of an experiment as I wanted to see how far on the peas were, some were a good size but they obviously need longer to develop
There was just about 2lbs of Arran Pilot spuds and I am quite chuffed with the cabbage, even though we lost one that was totally nibbled by a little critter. I am going to keep an eye on the others and then probably chop, par-boil and freeze them; currently the boys are not keen on cabbage and I would not want it to go to waste when Jon and I cannot eat them straight away.
So the spuds and cabbage were part of tea on yesterday!
Yes, I CAN eat this much and still lose weight!
Once again my broccoli has been an epic failure!
I had a head that started forming but this has been got at and as there's nothing on any of the other middles I don't think there's much chance of improvement now. Does anybody have advice about re-sowing the broccoli in the same spot? I do have to think about rotation for next year but could I get away with trying for some again as there as still time? Because everything I grow is pretty much in raised beds, containers, bags, tyres do I have to apply the same rules to rotation if I am replacing/improving the soil with compost?
These are the second lot of tomatoes I solar dried; I put salt and pepper on them along with fresh basil and ...
In the empty tyre from where I took up the spuds I have sown three butternut squash seeds to make use of the space.
I needed a few more bamboo canes for the PolyHouse so have cut a couple for now but will do more at the weekend. I read about making up a soapy water mixture in a sprayer to help with aphids and bugs etc so I've done that too.
I decided to sow a different kind of lettuce so have gone for salad bowl lettuce red; nice to add some colour to the plate.
This is one of two courgette plants and I really hope I get a good few from them this year.
Ok, that is my little catch up.
Bye for now.