Board Beans & Mangetout Peas 2012

There are more to add on my Trinity in beans area…… the Board Beans and the Mangetout Peas…..

Board beans has been planted in late November the year past, though the cold weather has snapped down a few I have replanted some in February…..they has produced another bumper lots at harvest time….

Mangetout Peas has been sowed and planted during May …. since the stir fry call for more and I have planted some more during June…. they are another kind of beauty with the juicy green jackets…. another must for every year to plant for…..

June View of the Board Beans… the wet June kept fatten the beans and heavily laden the plants…

Board Beans 2012 copy

one bag of Board beans weighted around 12 pounds (5.5kg)….

Board Beans harvest 2012 a copy

another sack harvested another day weighted 22 ponds (10kg)…

Board Beans harvest 2012 b copy

watching couples episodes of NCIS and shelling all these beans at the same time…. great fun…

Board Beans harvest 2012 c copy

Mangetout Peas too has a great show this year even with all the downpour of rain… have to play the seeker role very sharp as they like to hide…

Mangetout 2012 copy

Stir fried recipes to call for when harvested all these juicy peas with its green jackets…. even put them in simple salad has its many encores too….

Mangetout harvest 2012

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Beginning of May–year 5

Here are the views of all my beds at the allotment at the beginning of May, some are already filled and some are preparing for the newbies….

Bed 1 – Rhubarbs are flourishing…. Gladiolus, Sweet peas has planted in….. on the side the hardy Lovage, Chives and Welsh onions are coming back to live….     

Bed 1 early May 2012

Bed 2 – prepared half of the bed to become seed bed which has been sown in Pak Choy, Iceberg Lettuces, Spring Onions, Spinach, Radish, Parsley and Parsnip….. the second half of the bed has set aside for the Mange touts peas, Iceberg Lettuce….

Bed 2 early May 2012

Bed 3 – planted in some Iceberg Lettuces in between the First Early potatoes…

Bed 3 early May 2012 copy

Bed 4 – same as bed 3…..

Bed 4 early May 2012

Bed 5 – Board beans and Strawberries….

Bed 5 early May 2012 copy

Bed 6 – Main crops of potatoes…

Bed 6 early May 2012 copy

Bed 7 – Main crops of potatoes too…

Bed 7 early May 2012 copy

Bed 8 – one fifth of the plot has been planted with Board Beans through winter months… the rest of the bed will be dug for Cabbages, Calabrese and Cauliflower…(the treble C)…. Bed 9 has been dug over with compost trench through the winter months and at the moments is waiting for plants….

Bed 8 early May 2012 copy

Bed 10 – the bed of Onion (both white and red), Shallots, Garlic… this has been through the winter months…. Bed 11 is being dug over ready for Beetroot, Carrots and Sweet corns..…

Bed 9 early May 2012 copy

Bed 12 – the Raspberry bed need a bit of tidy up…. otherwise it looks promising….

Bed 10 early May 2012 copy

Bed 13 – this bed is temporary made and still a testing ground…. by the compost bin I have transplant some Spinach seedlings there and the long end has been planted in main crops Potato….

Bed 11 early May 2012 copy

Bed 14 – the Tansy plants, Comfrey plants gets along fine, and the Globe Artichoke has some new shoots showing too…. Bed 15 the wild flower bed has just sown some new wild flowers seeds……

Bed 12 early May 2012 copy

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Newbies & Oldies – Year 4

April onwards 2011

We have a whole month bathing with sunshine… forget about April showers… carrying cans and cans of water became the main task….

Newbies

Sowed bundle of seeds at home’s conservatory…. they are the newbies for this year…

Onions for this summer, I have grown them from seeds for trials, sowed them in February, here they are sprouts nicely and I shall let them grow on then re-pot them and plant out in May….

Pak Choy is my favourite… sowed in seeds within a few days they are out and thriving strong, re-pot them in March and plant out soon …

pak choy & onion seedlings

Soak some other seeds like squashes, sweet corns, beans , cucumber, tomato…… in water and covered with wet kitchen paper then cover with the cling film…. when seeing the little sprouts from the seeds then transplanted into pots with soil… sows in a little TLC plus some luck they will grow on….

seedlings 1

But then they are real pain when you got thousand matters to deal with and ops forget to check them and…. they dried out… the allotment just the safe backup….. sowed seeds direct into the seed bed prepared at the end of past winter….. prayers say for morning dews and night moist… even a dry April, here comes the sprouts of radishes, beetroot, turnips, parsnips and spinach etc. …… the thinning can be uses as salad…

seedlings 2

April is the month or After Easter period is for most plants restart their new life… it makes you feel joy and wonder too by seeing the sprouting from seeds that you have sown…. look at the potato sprouting… a sign of newbies reborn…

potato sprouts

At the beginning of April, I have planted out the Pak Choy… from the seeds I sowed in pot at home…

pak choy

Oldies

I have planted out lots of Board beans in October last years, but they have been killed off by the severe winter early this year, so I have sowed some more seeds in February and planted them out in late March, look like that they have catching up and thriving at the end of April…..

Boardbeans

Planted lots of Garlic in November and December time last year and they have shown sturdy growth sign….

garlics

Last autumn sown Onions are showing great growing sign too… TLC is important…

Onions

Leeks has been touch and go… planted in June July time last year…. been attacked by leek moths… still keep on standing through the winter months and here I have harvest them all at the end of April….

Learnt that they can be planted out even in August time to avoid the moths breeding period… so I shall try this year…..

Leeks

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Blooming June – Year 3

High season…. Heating up weather…. Sunny and not much rain…

The hard work of watering the crops has started paying back some results…. Runner beans’ pods has swollen, Mangetouts peas has lots of young peas showing among the bushed up plant and same as the Kelvedon Wonder Peas plants…. Pak Choy and Choy Shum are ready to pick too… the excitement is the first early potato are ready to dig out…..

Here are some of the highlights this time of my year 3 allotmenting….

Beans & Peas

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Wild views of the others

This is Mike’s wild flower patch…. have lots of bees and butterflies attracted to his plot….

Mike flower patch copy

Shirley’s also has her wild moment…. blooming foxgloves and poppies…. the best of all is the edible Cauliflower which she has a bumper harvest….

Shirley's flower patch copy

June Feast

This is the real beauty of growing my own vegetable, from ground to pot through my own hands…. as fresh as it is…..

June feast copy

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Week 41 – Year 2

16th November – 22nd November 2009

Flood alert and bad weather hit Cumbria, southern part of Scotland, the Lake District….

We are in touch wood situation at the South West, windy and cloudy, on and off of heavy showers…

During this continue wet and windy weather…. On Tuesday caught up with a clear spell and went down to the Allotment to tidy up those bags of compost, empty to the bins and gave them some massage (add some compost maker and gave them a stir)…..

Harvest

While I was at the plot, pick up some veggie for the week… Swiss Chard doing excellent despite the foul weather… though I have got some Parsnip in fork shape, they are still sweet in taste… my Mooli Radish has a big improvement from last year’s stock, use them in my curry really yummy….

Harvest w41y2

Garlic

The downpours has not affect the growth of my Garlic, they grow taller than the week last…

Garlic

Onions

The same as my Winter Onions, they welcome the rain too….

Winter Onion

Feltham First Peas

Nice to see my Feltham First peas has shown the pea tops… my disguise of sowing them with grits and pebbles do work…

Feltham First Pea

Board Bean

Most of my early sown Board Beans has shot up… though there are couple gaps in between the rows, I shall fill them with my home grow seedlings in Springtime if they do remain gapping at me through the winter…

Board Beans

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Week 39 – Year 2

2nd November – 8th November 2009

A windy wet week, and at the end of the week we had the first of wintry feel … mostly dashed to the plot to empty my vegetable peelings to the compost bin or brought some left over meat for the fox there….

A quiet Guy Fawkes Night this year, probably because of the foul weather or the tight economic affordability…..

Board Beans

Noted that my early sown Board Beans at (Week 36 – Year 2) has shown sign of growth…. it is very encouraging….

Board Beans 1

So I sown the rest of Board Beans in the pack to bed 8…. looking for a bumper crops next year….

Board Beans 2

Garlic

Noted that some of my garlic has sprouted too…

Garlic

Spring Hero

I have noted that they are still standing this week… I promise that I must do something about them…..

Spring Hero

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Week 36 – Year 2

12th October – 18th October 2009

Thanks for a couple decent days in this week, popped down to the allotment picking most the Spaghetti Squashes and all pumpkins…. very please for this year’s fine grows…

Spaghetti Squashes & Pumpkins

Pumpkins & S Squashes

Mooli Radish

A big improvement from my last year growth and as the usual saying “got plenty room to progress”… at least this years I can cook some of the picking while last year mostly go to the compost bin… learned that they are better grow in early Spring or after the heat of Summer…

Moli Radish

Parsnip

My parsnips are produce good roots this time and as I planted in plenty in different beds this year, I have picked quite a few and they are really sweeter than the one bought from supermarket…

Parsnips

Beetroot

These are from Bert’s @ plot 19, as I said this year is good year with Beetroot, most plots have plenty and good stock of beetroot this year.  I pickle, salad and get them into soup… they are super yummy…

Beetroots

Board Beans

Planted in the Winter growth Board Beans @ Bed 4 & 5 top half, as I found that the growth is better planted in early than the one planted in Springtime, less Black fly trouble…..

Board Beans

Onions

Planted in some Winter Onions at Bed 8, they will grow through the winter…. pick as it grow for winter use…

Winter Onions

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